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Monday, November 18, 2013

[More] Symbol Magazine

Back in March 2012, Team Bentley Spotting member, David Irvine, posted some scans from Symbol magazine:



First published in December 1978, Symbol Magazine was "dedicated to the friends of Ferrari, Riva and Rolls Royce" and published semi-annually in winter and summer, with the last issue believed to date from Autumn 1994. It comprised mainly "life-style" features targeting the interests of the wealthy (and very wealthy) with a few car and boat related articles thrown in.


This advertisement for the Rolls-Royce Collection of pens and desk stationery is taken from an early '80s issue of the magazine:



Nice enough.


But what I like is the accompanying list of the Rolls-Royce Motors International distributors (i.e. excluding the UK agents) from where you could order the collection:



There are many names I recognize from when I used to spend many hours reading car magazines as a child:

l  Rolls-Royce of Beverly Hills

l  Park Ward Motors Inc of New York

l  British Motor Car Distributors of San Francisco

l  MD Motors Limited of Hong Kong


And others I even visited while on family holidays in Europe:

l  Franco Britannic Automobiles of Paris

l  British Motors SA of Monaco

l  Royal Motors Lehmann of Koln


All with the dream that I would one day own a Rolls-Royce or Bentley…


Good memories!


(Posted by Andy)


UPDATE: This is cool. Alain from France sent in these pictures.

Yes, he bought a wallet 25 years ago after seeing the magazine advertisement.

And it's still in use everyday.

Can be sescribed as "very well patinated"

Thanks Alain for sharing.


At 11:27 am, Blogger Stephen Lowry said...

Gents would anyone still have any Symbol magazines around that you could spare, happy to give you a few quid if you have the issues that I don't.


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