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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Update on the Bentley Parts Dinner Party

The dinner party has commenced!

Here is a sneak peek at first course. Fresh brake rotors on the Bentley Turbo R.

Warning - the desert menu has changed. Red brake caliper paint could be served hot.

Why red calipers? Well I'm told that it gives the car an extra 25kw of power. There is even a T-shirt to prove it.

Thanks to Mighty Car Mods for the intel.

And what dinner party? Well this one.

So, what to serve at a Bentley Parts Dinner Party? Well parts of course. For all courses.

Surrounded with colour matched chairs by Philippe Starck, Karim Rashid and Verner Panton, lit by a photographic soft box, on a cow hide rug, underneath a Guggenheim mobile, over looked by art by yours truly on a dining room table that doubles as a ping pong table is what's on tonight's menu.

Bentley parts buffet style. Waited on by a Lego head on a Philippe Starck stool.

This meal consists of front rotors, wheel bearings and seals, front brake pads and a caliper kit, followed by rear pads and damper return hose with air and oil filters, finished with 10 litres of Mobil 1 oil and a splash Castrol minerial oil. Desert is optional with a rare blue leather, interior matched air bag steeling wheel. Unfortunately we have yet to locate a reasonably priced airbag, so it will probably be 86'd.

And who catered for this feast of Bentley parts?

Well it was Richard Tracey from SpurParts Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia. That's a cool name.

SpurParts only recently started up and offers all spares for RR&B cars of all ages at UK prices delivered straight from inner Sydney. I like that.

I did not have to wait for delivery from the UK, nor did I have to pay UK shipping prices for those oh so light brake rotors and pads etc.

Best of all Richard provided great advice, and even personally hand delivered the parts in his Bentley Continental R. That's cool.

Richard not only now supplies parts at great prices, but is also the man behind The Rolls-Royce and Bentley Technical Library. That is where no doubt you, or your mechanic at some time has looked up how to do something from all the electronic PDF's of all the RR&B technical manuals. Pressing Crtl F to find what you are looking for in the manual as a PDF is much easier than flicking through the 100's of pages in the printed version.

Thanks Richard - most appreciated.

From The Classifieds

This week's From The Classifieds is a 1986 Bentley Eight with 75,000 miles from new.
It is one of 1,736 examples produced between 1984-1992 and it is being offered at auction on 5th April with no reserve.  
The Eight was introduced in July 1984 as the "entry model" to the Bentley and Rolls-Royce range of cars. It was marketed as the model for a younger buyer with the mesh grille giving a sportier appearance and stiffer front suspension improving the turn-in.
The list price at launch was GBP 49,629 or approximately GBP 6,000 less than a Mulsanne and GBP 12,000 less than a Mulsanne Turbo.
Today, the Eight still remains one of the most affordable means to Bentley ownership, although the pricing differential to the rest of the range has decreased through both depreciation and recognition of the comparatively simpler mechanics. 
It will be interesting to see the hammer price.
(Posted by Andy)

Pimp My Ghost

A few 'pimped' Ghosts on Ebay today.
And I don't use that term in a bad way. I like when I see these.

Here are three cars in Scottsdale AZ:

Matte finish bonnet/hood:

Do it here.

Bid on it here.

Go for it here.

And one more from a different dealer in Woodland Hills CA:

Bid here.

It's amazing what a different set of alloys can do to these cars.

Then the old alloys end up on Ebay:

Buy here.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Sorry, but I have no idea what they are protesting here in Paris today:

Rolls-Royce Ghost 1

But I would not recommend taking a Rolls-Royce to such a thing...

Rolls-Royce Ghost 3

Someone did.

Rolls-Royce Ghost 2

Very strange, indeed....

Rolls-Royce Ghost 5

I'd be on the bus:

Rolls-Royce Ghost 6

And a friend arrives too:

Rolls-Royce Ghost 7

Rolls-Royce Ghost 8

Protesting the price of petrol, maybe?

Rolls-Royce Ghost 9

Sorry, I'm ignorant.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Toronto Autoshow 2014

Just got back from the Autoshow.

It's good one.
A nice display from our local RR/B dealer Grand Touring showing off their Flying Spur and Wraith:

With my favourite Wraith video running in the background.

Further on in the show another display which happened to have this Conti GT Supersports:

Unenclosed, for all to touch....

These are great cars, incredibly fast...

So the Autoshow ends next Sunday. Be there, if you can...

(Posted by David Irvine)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shanghai Deuce

Another Bentley pic found on a Chinese website...
This time, a pair of Mulsannes in Shanghai:
Photos - webfinds
(Posted by Andy)

Late Conversion

Here's a scene from the 1961 movie "The Young Ones".
A Wraith, registration number PYP258, chassis number DLW75.

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sports Saloon James Young [DLW75]

It's the same number plate as this Ebay car...

And the same chassis number DLW75

Barrett-Jackson states:
'Per the Rolls-Royce Build Sheet, James Young coachbuilder, car made for Walter I. Wolfson of Castrol Oil Co. of New Jersey. Original engine froze and was replaced with same type. Rebuilt transmission. Sale includes spare Rolls-Royce seats and seat side panels. Mechanically very good. Includes valuable and rare "kneeling lady" hood ornament. Right hand drive, rebuilt automatic transmission, small roof window/air intake. Engine changed less than 1,000 miles ago. Per Rolls Royce build sheet, this vehicle was not built as a hearse. Over $38,000 in receipts were spent on body and mechanicals, as well as maintenance and repair records.'

So the question is:
Was the car converted by James Young to a Station Wagon when it was more than six years old?


(Posted by David Irvine - Movie shots from IMCDB and thanks to Andy for pointing this out)

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