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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Jankel Antibes

In between Cannes and Nice on the Côte d'Azur there is Antibes. Antibes has the largest yacht marina (by total tonnage) on the Côte d'Azur.

An appropriate place to name a Rolls Royce or Bentley motor car after. That is exactly what the coach builder Robert Jankel has done.

Have a look at this Silver Spirit. It looks quite normal. But actually it is not.

Now imagine. You are in the back seat, and you have well, magazines and Champagne.

Well where are you going to put them? How will the Verve keep cold? These are testing questions.

You obviously need to go to your carriage builder for him to make a place for them. Also, let's put a window up so your driver will not know what you are watching on the telly. They are only aerobics videos.

That is much better.

Jankel came up with a 10" or 26cm stretch behind the rear door. Now see the difference? One large C pillar. Have a look at the design stretch. It works.

Jankel made them in both Bentley and Rolls Royce versions.

I was not able to find a Bentley photo, but only a Bentley model from VF Americars models Germany.

Pictures courtesy (Jankel, VF Model Cars)

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At 5:10 pm, Blogger Ragemanchoo said...

Are you sure that interior photo showing the seats and magazines is an Antibes interior? The C-pillar doesn't look wide enough. The car's extra length was added at the C-pillar, right?

At 2:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I reckon it is the Antibes, the stretch was C pillar and probably Longer doors from a Silver Spur. The combination vanity mirror lamp panel on the interior of the C pillar is sufficiently far back to allow for a chrome lamp switch forward of the rear seat back, on a standard Spirit/Spur rear pillar, this doesn’t feature. Often on Jankles designs the roof line was raised from standard and the buttressing in the form of the C pillars enlarged to cope with the additional length of the car.


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