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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Cornes & Co. Alloy Wheels

I have been recently asked about these alloy wheels. Take a close look.



Take note of the pattern and the style.



They are all the same. They are the same alloy wheels on all these Japanese Bentleys.



The centre caps vary slightly, but close up you can make out the "B" in the centre.



Also the front and rear width are slightly different. The rear wheel looks about an inch wider. Slightly 'deep dish' wheels, very much the fashion in Japan.



The alloys have even shown up on Max Fletcher's Bentley Azure on the Gumball run. Read more about Team666 here, and here.



Now again on this Bentley Continental below.

So what are the chances of eight different Bentleys of varying models all happening to select the same after market alloy wheels of the 1000's available? Pretty much none.

They must have come as an official option.



They are far from something Crewe would have produced and they are only found in Japan. So what is the logical conclusion?

A dealer specific official option. Not fact, just reckoning. I reckon I'm right.

Most Bentley's in Japan at this time were sold by the official importer Cornes & Co. More on the history of Cornes & Co here.

Cornes & Co. put their own nameplate on their cars sold, so why not an official Cornes & Co. alloy wheel? I think I'm on to something here.



Now some close ups.



You can see that they are 3 piece billet machined alloy wheels of 17" diameter, with a B centre cap.


If any Japanese readers could shed some more light on the matter it would be appreciated.

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2 Comments:

At 8:08 am, Anonymous big boss said...

hi
if you can find out if the wheels in fact fot direct on the original turbo r or conti t stud pattern i would buy a set if possible

 
At 11:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmm, the customised white conti T is for sale here : http://www.classicdriver.fr/fr/find/4100_results.asp?bsubmit=true&lmodelflag=13806&lmanufacturer=10011&whatbutton.x=0&page=0&lCarID=1818040

 

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