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Friday, November 30, 2012

Lovely lilac?

One from the classifieds...
This 1963 Silver Cloud III has been repainted metalic lilac:
Like lilac? I guess it makes a change from wedding car white...
(Posted by Andy) 

Paint It Red

When Bentley Motors launched the Mulsanne Turbo in 1982 they decided to differentiate it from the normally aspirated Benltey Mulsanne by fitting a painted radiator.
This Silver Spirit owner seems to have liked the look:
I can just imagine the order in the paintshop:

Thanks to Jürgen for the photo.


(Posted by Andy)


Rolls-Royce Racer

City commuter? Of course.
Long distance tourer? Most definitely.
Riviera cruiser? Mais bien sûr...
But, race car?
I'm not sure a Silver Shadow would have been my first choice:
Looks good though.
Thanks to Jürgen for the photos.
(Posted by Andy)


Jürgen, a German Bentley owner and follower of Bentley Spotting has kindly sent us a large package of Rolls-Royce and Bentley photos taken at past RREC and classic car meets.


Jürgen, dankeschön!


Over coming months Bentley Spotting will scan and share the photos with you.


Here's a teaser to begin with:
Let Team Bentley Spotting know if you own or recognise any of the cars we post!


(Posted by Andy)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Top Gear 1996, Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

Check out this Top Gear episode from 1996 where they review the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit.

I am still trying to find Jeremy Clarkson's first ever Top Gear appearance, where he reviews the Bentley Turbo R 2 door by Hooper & Co. If anyone has it, please do let me know.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wedding Car

Sir, you can have what ever you like as your wedding car.

Sure, can I please have a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Sedanca de Ville by Gurney Nutting please.

Make that in my family tartan as well. A tartan blanket for the rear Sir?.

No the car.

It is chassis GEH27 by the way.

La Panne

Here is a very cool video. I like the aesthetic.

Now, why don't I get a digital SLR to make videos like this?

Vintage Bentley 8 Litre in a computer game

I love it when old and new technology come together.

Check out this trailer for a car racing computer game.

Any 16 year old boy would think it's cool.

But what if you are a 60 year old boy? And maybe have a W.O. Bentley? Say a Bentley boy?

Would you want to play this car racing computer game?

Well if you pock around the game guess what secret car you can spec up and drive?

Yes, a vintage Bentley 8 Litre. Press play, it's just great.

I was surprised that Jeremy Clarkson was the voice over!

The game is Forza 4. I've never played it, but now I'm tempted.

Hooper & Co Ltd Silver Spur Division

I am a fan of the coachbuilder Hooper.

Like most coachbuilder they are the first to innovate and deliver on what the customer wants. Then the factory copies after a few years.

Like this for example. The first ever Rolls-Royce Silver Spur with division.

Just look at all those things to play with! Just great.

And here it is closed up.

Want to look at Hooper photos for the next 30 minutes?

Press play to check out 850+ Hooper photos.

Thanks Don for the images.

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Winding back the clock

Isn't it folk law that dodgy second hand car dealers used to use a drill to wind back the clock on cars?

You know, the ODO seems too good to be true?

Well, not need to use drills any more, just the OBDII port and a computer.

Check out this "Mileage Correction" video.


Making of the Bentley Continental Flying Star

This is well worth 5 minutes of your life.

The making of the Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring.

And here is one spotted on the street.

It is a special car.

Proper modern coachbuilding, just like it used to be.

More photos here.

I think they have made 4 so far.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Get Wired...

These old cars are highly complex.
Here's a Silver Shadow wiring diagram by Lucas (Prince of Darkness - also why the British drink warm beer - Lucas refrigerators).
That helps, right...?
(Posted by David Irvine)
I didn't draw it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy....

Now known as the 'Beatles Bentley', the 1956 S1 standard steel saloon was once the property of 1960s fashion entrepreneur, Australian-born John Crittle.
Crittle cut his teeth in psychedelic '60s tailoring working at Hung On You in Chelsea. The shop sold the classic outfits of the period: Art Nouveau, elaborate collared and cuffed shirts, tailored, high-collar double-breasted suits, and flowery shirts and ties.
Expanding with the backing of 21-year-old Guinness heir Tara Browne (shortly to be killed in a Lotus Elan, the inspiration for John Lennon to write 'A Day in the Life') and Neil Winterbotham, Crittle opened his own shop, Dandie Fashions, in autumn 1966.

The store soon became famous for supplying clothes to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
Enter this Bentley. With business clearly booming, Crittle had bought the then 10-year-old car as a party machine, something in which to cruise the King's Road and chauffeur friends, clients and the famous to and from clubs, the shop and homes in Chelsea.

The colour scheme of the usually sedate Bentley was designed by the art student trio of Douglas Binder, Dudley Edwards and David Vaughn. Known as 'BEV', the threesome were first engaged by Tara Browne to paint the King's Road storefront of Dandie (having also decorated his AC Cobra in a similar fashion), moving on to the Bentley before other works such as the famous Lord John shop in Carnaby Street.

And the Beatles connection? Trading as 'Apple Corps', the famous foursome had started several business ventures, partly for tax reasons and partly in the spirit of the times. There was little profit to be made - but it was either put some money into the hands of like-minded young people or give it to the taxman.

Thanks to links with Browne, supplying the Beatles with clothes and generally being in the scene, Crittle's Dandie Fashions was absorbed into Apple Corps and the Chelsea store renamed 'Apple Tailoring'.

So you will see John Lennon at the opening party of Apple Tailoring, wearing a fun fur and polo-necked jumper. The new venture did not last long, though, as the whole 'Beatles and business' scene soon wound down.

The car was on the balance sheet of the Apple Corporation while it owned the clothes shop, therefore becoming another honourable member of that exclusive club, a genuine 'Beatles car'.
Check this out:
But don't forget that Phantom:
The things one can achieve with a few gallons of paint...
Thanks to 'copy & paste'
(Posted by David Irvine -  and thanks to Marinus for bringing it up.)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Extra Cab Pick Up

From this angle it looks like a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Mk I with some unusual rear view mirrors and lights on the roof.

Rolls Royce Truck

But from this angle you've got yourself an super duty extra cab dulie pick up truck.

Rolls Royce Truck

Only in USA, USA, USA.

Bentley MK VI by Figoni & Falaschi

Here is 1947 Bentley MK VI chassis #B9AJ.

The body is by Figoni & Falaschi and these photos were taken at the 1990 Pebble Beach Concours where it won first in Class.

Bentley MK VI Figoni & Falaschi

It is the only postwar Bentley / Rolls-Royce with Figoni & Falaschi body.

Bentley MK VI Figoni & Falaschi

I cant say I have seen the car before!

Thanks Anton for the photos.

1904 Rolls-Royce 10HP U44

Here is the oldest surviving Rolls-Royce #20154 seen in 1977 at Windsor during the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour.

Rolls-Royce 10HP 1904

They look like they are having a great time don't they.

And from the same day, but now in glorious colour.

Notice SU13 in the background.

Gulf Roller

Check this out!

I love the sticker scheme.

Rolls--Royce Silver Shadow II

With thanks to:

Capt Parker
Bom Tanks
Lord Scaddan

Now my car is a similar colour that that...

Unexpected W.O. Bentey 3L

I just stumbled across this photo and was a little shocked!

That looks like a W.O. Bentey 3L grille to me, with a body from which era, say the 1940's?

It's the only picture I can find of the car.

The car behind it is this one.

1929 Bentley Speed Six @ Cars & Coffee Great Falls, VA

Here is quite a good look at a W.O. Bentley.

Rolls-Royce Sliver Spur EWB by Mulliner Park Ward

Take a look at this Sliver Spur EWB by Mulliner Park Ward in Hong Kong.

LY 8888 - cheap number plate that.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III with Rocket Launchers

Have you every wondered the why the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Mk III has twin headlamps?

Well here is the reason.

They are for the rocket launchers of course.

Durr. You have to love Asian cinema.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bentley am Nürburgring

Check out the upcoming Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

At the Nürburgring.

Black and White Vertical Stripes with Purple

So yeah.

Can I please have my Rolls-Royce with Black and White Vertical Stripes.

And then I want it two tone with purple.

It now needs something else. A racing stripe down the side please.

A red racing stripe of course.

Jankel Rolls-Royce in 3D

Check out this computer game car.

Yep - Jankel limo. Wait till the end for the burnout.

Just cool.

Rolls Royce Phantom on ice

This guy has balls.

Rolls-Royce Showroom Remodel Time Lapse

Here is a video of the Rolls-Royce Showroom in Atlanta undergoing a remodel.

In time lapse glory.

Camo SuperSport

What you totally can spot this Bentley.

Because it's camo'ed up!

Yeah sure.

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