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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Carlo Talamo Bentley

Bentley and Mulliner Park Ward referred to this car as Project 116.

It is a light weight racing version of the Bentley Continental R.

The car was commissioned by Carlo Talamo of Milan. He loved motorcycles and loved the challenges. When the Harley Davidson brand was failing in Italy he turned it into a commercial phenomenon, then devoted his attention to the Triumph brand.

You can read more about this car here and even see another special based on the same design here.

But here it is next to a get fighter!

This car has turned aluminiun trim, quilted leather, a roll cage (!), new cams, a bigger turbo, gas flow heads and a ram air intake. The weight was reduced by some 200kg and it could reach 60mph in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.

It is currently housed in the storage facility at Bentley Milano, where you can read more about here.

(posted by David Irvine- thanks to Alain for info)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stanley Harvey's, Belfast.

Time Warp.
Ok, so 1WZ (the Lord Mayor of Belfast's midnight blue Phantom) was serviced there some thirty odd years ago.
But let's go back in time to 1980 to see what other RRs & Bs were being sold or serviced in Stan's place.
These are shots I took when we paid for every shot (film and developing) - never mind how painless it is these days with a digital camera.
Silver Shadows, mostly, by the way...
(Posted by David Irvine)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rolls-Royce Camargue Beau Rivage by Hooper

Hooper & Co certainly did make very special cars and this is no exception.

It is a Rolls-Royce Camargue Beau Rivage by Hooper. That's right, a 'beautiful shore' version of a department of the Côte d'Azur.

An appropriate name for the most expensive car available at the time, then taken to a coachbuilder so that you can spend just that little bit extra money on a machine that takes you from A to B. Sure.

Well here it is, in high resolution the Beau Rivage Camargue by Hooper. Click to enlarge.

Rolls-Royce Camargue Beau Rivage by Hooper

It is in the detail that makes Hooper cars special.

Colour coded wind screen wipers, pin stripes on the hub caps, front air dam, lower sills, colour coded front lamp surrounds, and just take a look at the two tone colour scheme.

Just superb!

How good it the roof colour line on the rear quarter panel. It is very sharp!

Rolls-Royce Camargue Beau Rivage by Hooper

You just know that box on the rear parcel shelf is hiding something special. Probably a drinks fridge, more maybe a fax machine or a tape deck. Certainly something 1980's cool.

This car was actually on the Hooper & Co. stand at the Geneva motorshow in 1983, and sold within 2 hours of it been on display.

Big thanks to Nick Lang from Ekberg & Lang, Australia's largest specialists in the sale of pre-owned Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars, for sending in the photos.

For those in Melbourne, currently on display at Ekberg & Lang's showroom is the 2 door Hooper Bentley Turbo R that was spotted that the RROC Federal rally last month with pictures and video of the car here.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lord Mayor of Belfast's Phantom

The car below I saw often as a kid in the seventies has now popped up on the other side of the pond.

Here is a photo of the car I took as a teenager.

This Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is a little special, as it was the Lord Mayor of Belfast's Phantom.

Here it is today.

A slight colour change, but the Phantom comes with all the paper work and its has listed the old number plate showing 1WZ as it was in the 70s.

And another example of the paper work.

All the service bills are from Stanley Harvey's - the old Belfast RR dealer.

Here is a picture I took in the 70s of Stanley Harvey.

It has been restored, with a slight variation from its original in Midnight blue colour.

I'd have bought it if it wasn't redone in two tone...Too bad.

It is for sale on ebay here.

(posted by David Irvine)

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Rolls-Royce Camargue at Adlington Hall & The Hunting Lodge

Here is a period photo from the late 70`s or poss early 80`s of the Rolls-Royce Camargue.

Rolls-Royce Camargue

It is parked out the from of Adlington Hall & The Hunting Lodge and check the number plate.

That's right it's 1800 TU. Which means it is the factory's car, so it's a PR/Press day.

I'm thinking, the PR pitch. Let's take the most expensive car in the world, and the most sporting Rolls-Royce, and let's go kill some things!

Huntin and shootin for all!

Wonder around below.

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Thanks to Flickr user (Dave)

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The Rolls-Royce Bar

Wow, take a look at this.

This is part of the showroom.


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It certainly look like one cool bar.

Appropriately named the Rolls-Royce bar.

Thanks to Andy for finding it, as part of his research into the Rolls-Royce Cabrios by Carrozzeria Touring for sale here.

We'll all meet there sometime...

(posted by David Irvine)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bentley Mulsanne on the Street

Here are 15 photos of the new Bentley Mulsanne.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

They were all spotted on the street.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

It is an impressive machine.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting


Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

And powerful.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

It certainly has presence.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

It even eats pavement.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

I have to slip in this older Mulsanne. Check out the colours!

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Now back to the new one.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

This is a photo from the street of New York city. Check the number plate. It is one of those GB plates that is mirror image, for when you flip the photo electronically.

Bentley Mulsanne Bentley Spotting

Photos from Flickr users.

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