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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bentley Arnage 450 HR Spotted

The Bentley Arnage 450 HR Mulliner Limousine is one quite distinctive Bentley.

The car is part of the standard Bentley Arnage range that includes the Arnage T, the Arnage R, the Arnage RL and the other lesser known limousine model called the Arnage 728 Limousine.

The 450 stands for the 450mm that the car has been stretched, it has gained 200mm in the front door and 250mm to the rear door. The Bentley Arnage 450 HR also has a raised roof of 100mm.

There is quite limited photography of the Bentley Arnage 450 HR and the standard photo is below.

Bentley Arnage 450 HR

What is a bit special is that a Bentley Arnage 450 HR has been spotted.

A Bentley spotting reader Andy was recently in Cannes and was staying at the Hotel Martinez on the famous boulevard de La Croisette.

Parked out the front was this. An Arab plated Bentley Arnage 450 HR.

Bentley Arnage 450 HR

Then the next day this car was parked in the same spot. A Bentley Arnage 450 HR. Andy presumed it was the same car, but take a closer look. This Bentley Arnage 450 HR has German number plates, and on closer inspection also has a Bentley badge on the rear pillar.

It is a second spotted Bentley Arnage 450 HR Mulliner Limousine.

Very rare sights indeed.

If people know of other photos of this very rare Arnage model please do send them in.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The best car in the world

I do like this advertisement for the Bentley Turbo R.

Confirmation, if any were needed, that Rolls-Royce makes "the best car in the world".

'The Bentley Turbo R. "The best car in the world" CAR Magazine, November 1991.'

Thanks to Balmoral Green for posting it on

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Jame's Corniche against Jeremy's 600

This week on BBC's Top Gear James May test his 1972 Rolls Royce Corniche Fixed Head Coupe with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner Park Ward against Jeremy Clarkson's 1963 Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser.

Part One:

Part Two:

"Camp, or Camp Commandant."

It's a good telly programme.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Brunei Royal Wedding Procession

Why does the Royal Family of Brunei have so many cars?

To do this of course, parade around their country to mark one very special day.

It was a big day for the Sultan, giving the hand of his Princess away.

Now lets do some serious Bentley and Rolls Royce spotting.

Get your goggles out.

My most enjoyable thing about a Royal Brunei weddings is you get to see the Royal Brunei Wedding Chariot.

Enters at time 2.26 on the video.

The Rolls Royce is a raised rear coach seat Landaulette version of a Rolls Royce President limousine by Robert Jankel based on the Silver Spur. It features a rear coach seat cloth canopy and extensive gold decorative trimmings, with a large gold state coat of arms to the front and sides, which when combined is as subtle as a nuclear bomb. Oh, with faux oak bumper bars for good measure as well.

Translating that spiel, the rear seat raised up out the Landaulette section of the six door Chariot, and that coach seat is covered by a canopy. Robert Jankel presumably made this.

I like that a servant stand on the back holding an umbrella.

Simply an extreme display of wealth and power.

Now the next Royal car in the procession at 3.15s is the Sultan of Brunei's Rolls Royce Phantom VI.

The car is presumed to be chassis PRH4770 which was originally owned Chairman Mao Tse-tung.

Now this vehicle at 3.59s I am going to crown the Royal Brunei Wedding Chariot Support Limousine with white roof.

It is, like the Wedding Chariot, a Rolls Royce President Limousine by Robert Jankel.

It features six doors and unusually has an alternative coach line sloping down the third door of the car.

After an initial eye blink it actually looks ok.

It also has one of those carriage S bend thingos on the C pillar that I do not know what they are called.

The next vehicle of interest is a Rolls Royce Silver Spur II limousine by Robert Jankel.

It has the standard 4 doors and extended wheel base to the centre.

Then a Bentley Arnage proceeds.

Make that a long wheel base Bentley Arnage.

At 5.11s a black Silver Spur drives past.

Then at 5.39s one of my favourate cars enters the frame. But unfortunately the front is missed so it is either a Bentley or a Rolls Royce Touring Limousine.

The Touring Limousine features a raised roof with a more centralised rear door and is of impeccable proportions.

The car at 5.50s is to be crowned the Royal Brunei Wedding Chariot Support Limousine with black roof.

It again has six doors.

And a sketch with perfect colouring in.

The final car of interest at 8.40s coming up the rear is a brown Rolls Royce Phantom VI.

Presumable chassis number PGH130 or PGH108.

Here is a shorter video taken by the person standing next to the first video. It shows the Wedding Chariot in all its full splendor.

Thanks to Alice from Brunei for uploading the videos.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Jeremy Clarkson testing the Bentley Brooklands

Strap yourself in.

"So what's it doing with a Sport button? It's as stupid as putting a Sports button on the Albert Hall"

"This isn't driving. This is naval warfare"

Thanks to BBC's Top Gear

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Optometrist Test

What model is it?

And now.
And now.
And now.
That's right a period Bentley Mulsanne photo from the Rolls Royce press office. They still use the same number plates today you know.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Beckham in his DHC

It's blacked out and looking cool.

A very similar blacked out look to his wifes Bentley Continential GTC that features the STRUT grill.

Drop heads certainly do have a purpose in California.

You would not want to be shy.

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe features 24” Savini Forged wheels, and very limited bright work.

What is a bit of a surprise is that this DHC does not feature the optional extra brushed alloy bonnet.

Unusually not spending the extra money on the brushed bonnet actually makes the car rarer. Go Figure.

Oh, The Sun ran a story at a Rolls Royce employee was fired because he took a photo of Beck's when he was buying the car at Goodwood in Feburary.

"A WORKER for Rolls-Royce was fired after being accused of taking David Beckham’s photo during a VIP visit.

Raff Mastromarino says bosses told him Becks had CANCELLED an order for a luxury £307,000 Phantom Drophead Coupe."

Maybe it was his right hand drive DHC that was cancelled, as The Sun would never makeup a thing!

Pictures Dub Magazine

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