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Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Bentley Rapier

Here is something very very special. A Bentley Special. But not on the same level as the standard Bentley Special made in the shed out the back from a rusty Mark IV.

The car is so special that it is just a Bentley model that you have probably not heard of. It is presumed to be the 1996 Bentley Rapier.

With the number plate JB 3 it does not stand for James Bond, but rather Jefri Bolkiah. That is Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother to the Sultan of Brunei. The playboy prince. Yes, the one who has a mega yacht called SS Tits, with tenders Nipple I and Nipple II.

Bentley Rapier

It is claimed that Prince Jefri Bolkiah spent three quarters of a million dollars a day every day for a decade. You would get a sore hand from swiping the credit card.

I certainly do not mind because we get to look at this. The Bentley Rapier.

Bentley Rapier

The Bentley Rapier was made in 1996 at the height of Prince Jefri's spending spree. A total of six Rapiers where made and all have successive VIN numbers.

Bentley Rapier

The Rapier is a coach build car made in Crewe on the special Sultan 'ZH' chassis. The ZH chassis was the bases for a number of other coach built cars from Crewe that were delivered to the Royal Family of Brunei.

Bentley Rapier

The car features a 6.75 Litre V8 single Garrett turbocharger non-catalyst engine, and has twin air bags and has right hand drive.

Bentley Rapier

The Bentley Rapier has the same alloy wheels as another coachbuilt car on the ZH chassis called the Bentley Buccaneer which can be read about here.

Bentley Rapier

It is a very rare sight to see the Rapier on the streets of London. The six were first registered in Brunei, but it is pretty easy to move cars around the world when you have 17 planes and many boats. The number plate JB 3 was previously on a Bentley Continential R also owned by the Royal Family of Brunei.

Bentley Rapier

Here are the six cars VIN numbers, name and Brunei registration plate numbers.

SCBZH16D7TCH00428 Bentley Rapier KF 9111
SCBZH16C7TCH00429 Bentley Rapier BP 220
SCBZH16C6TCH00430 Bentley Rapier KF 9991
SCBZH16C8TCH00431 Bentley Rapier KF 9555
SCBZH16CXTCH00432 Bentley Rapier BQ 7592
SCBZH16C1TCH00433 Bentley Rapier KF 9996

There are very limitied photographs of these Bentley Brunei Specials and here are some other known images of the Rapier in very low resolution.









For more on Royal cars on Bentleyspotting filter posts by the label Sultans, Shieks, Kings and Queens.

Special mention to Basman007, a Brunei car addict.

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3 Comments:

At 7:40 am, Blogger smellielli said...

This car 'lives' on my road. Absolutely love it. Pass it every day!!

 
At 6:17 pm, Blogger bentleyspotting said...

Wow! that's great. Can you take pictures of the car? I would love to post them. Email me as bentleyspotting@gmail.com

 
At 11:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't a Rapier, its a Highlander.

https://www.mycarcheck.com/check/JB3/

The vehicle JB3, a Bentley Highlander (4 Door Saloon)

 

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