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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bentley Turbo James Young Special

Special Bentleys are exciting. Coachbuilt modern special Bentleys even more. They are a rare breed and do feature often here at Bentley Spotting. Say the Hooper Empress II, the Jankel Azur, the Hooper 2 door turbo, the Sultan of Brunei's different Bentleys, the LEW design GT, the Queens' Bentley, and plenty of others.

Let us present another.

The Bentley Turbo James Young Special.

It is quite special with only four made. Much less than the James Young Silver Shadow / Bentley T 2 door fixed head coupe where 50 were made.

Lets have a look.

The pictures are not that great, but it is definitely a special Bentley. As always, it is in the detail.

Firstly it is by James Young, coachbuilder since 1863. Well before the motor car of course. Details of James Young & Co, coachbuilders Bromley, Kent form part of the National Archives where the drawings, memoranda and photographs are held with the National Motor Museum and the order, sales and job records are held with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club. Proper heritage.

Lets look at the detail.

Bentleys with vents are cool. Mulliner and Bentley have made numerous types over the years as written about earlier here, but these ones are a different James Young type. Not only are there vents in the front quarter panels, but there are also bonnet heat vents. They are very reminiscent of the Mulliner enhancements to the Bentley Turbo RT. Nice.

Swapping wood for carbon fibre on the dash. How definitely sporting.

The engine has not been enhanced by James Young, they are coachbuilders, not tuners.

I am so hoping that that door sill has James Youngs' name on it.

The car is currently for sale by Hillier Hill a Rolls Royce and Bentley Specialists Association member, of Unit 18 Stilebrook Rd Olney, Milton Keynes MK46. A zoom hacked satellite image here - is that the car driving in the driveway?

The Hillier Hills description follows:

"1996 Bentley Turbo R James Young Limited Edition.

One of four special edition vehicles produced on a standard wheel base floor pan. Finished with unique Dark Blue/Green Mica paintwork and fitted with a Black vinyl roof and small rear windscreen as per coach built cars. The exterior specification extends to bonnet vents and wing vents, chrome alloy wheels, Red painted brake callipers, Black powder coated door frames, glass roof light, stainless rear stone guards etc. etc. The interior is finished with the special order Dark Green leather. The seats were modified to provide for extra support to the cushions and deeper headrests. The interior woodwork is finished with carbon fibre and the instrumentation utilises chrome bezels and is back-lit in a subtle shade of Orange. Stainless steel tread plates. Special order steering wheel. Drilled accelerator pedal. Push button start. The list of extras make this car something special.

Having covered 53,000 miles the car represents excellent value for money. Now reduced for quick sale at £24,950.00 owing to owners imminent arrival of new car."

Pictures courtesy (Hillier Hills)

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