I do like the notion of commissioning a car to exactly how you would like it.
Remove the body, this is what I now want!
As we all know, it is quite a popular thing to do with a Bentley Mk VI.
Remove the standard steel, and add a superleggera beautiful thing.
The thing is also, that as it's not yours, you can always make comments to how you would improve these Special cars. I would have put Corniche rear lamps on this, it would have looked much better - that kind of thing!
Tom Martin was lucky to photograph this 1946 Bentley Special, and dubbed it a Speedster.
You can see more of his detailed photos by clicking on the picture below.
Lets take a look at this 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
It is very nice in sapphire blue with its 20" diamond cut alloy wheels.
It even looks quite unassuming, as it is so proper.
But a keen Bentley Spotter would notice some unusual shadows behind the grill. Notice them?
Lets open it up and take a look. Extra lights!
Here they are in action.
Blue. Blue blood in fact.
That's right, this is Princess Anne's old Bentley Continental Flying Spur, and below is a photo of the car under formal escort, with the extra lights put to good use.
The BBC has reported that on one occasion, Princess Anne was driving her Bentley to a function, and a Police car pulled up behind her with its lights on. Princess Anne thought it was an escort, and carried on at speed. Unfortunately on that occasion the Police car was trying to pull her over for speeding. Woops, her solicitor had to explain the situation to the Court. Read about it here.
That story was actually in 2001, before this Bentley was made, so it could have been a Bentley Turbo R, or maybe a Continental, I'm not sure.
Now to the interior.
The two tone certainly is impressive.
And now to the rear seats.
The 4 seat option with full length console is quite Stately.
Fit for a Princess one might say.
Here is a video of the car. The electronic rear blind in action is a sight not often recorded.
And if you would like to purchase the car, it is currently available from Marlow Cars Ltd. where there are quite a number of additional photos.
Quite Royal. Princess Margaret's old 1954 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV is still for sale also here!
"How fashions change: back in the 60/70s people were converting Bentleys to Rolls-Royces, then through the late 80s and 90s, Rolls-Royces were being converted to Bentleys."
Here's a 1976 series 1A Rolls Royce Corniche fixed head coupe converted to a Bentley in all departments including instruments and rocker covers by a previous owner who found out that only 3 series 1A fixed head Bentleys were manufactured.
I recall seeing this car in October before it's 'Gender Change' - or should I say before it's gender change was reversed....
That's 'It' at the front.
Interesting history in Rodd's words:
"This particular Bentley has a unique delivery history which makes it interesting. The first buyer saw the vehicle on the show room floor and loved the colour combination but actually wanted a Rolls-Royce. He was not prepared to wait the lead time to order the Rolls-Royce equivalent so at great expense had the car converted to "appear" as a Rolls-Royce. Commissioned by Rolls-Royce USA, the grill, bonnet, hubcaps and external badging were changed to "Rolls-Royce". All original Bentley VIN and IDs remained in place, of course (The prefix "SBX" on the VIN is a correct Bentley VIN*). As part of the restoration process, Park-Ward Motors has re-instated its correct "Bentley" presentation as per factory specifications."
I have a fond spot for the Bentley Motor Car marque and often stumble across Bentleys that I find interesting.
My plan is to post pictures and comments of Bentley cars that I observe both on the Interweb, and in real life.
Historically the Bentley has been the sporting man's Rolls-Royce, so when I am not feeling sporting I may post about Rolls-Royce cars.
Fellow RR&B enthusiasts David Irvine and Andy are also helping out posting articles. Thanks guys.
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