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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Bentley T and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Designers

Designing a car that still needs to look fresh 10 or 20 and amazingly in this case 30+ years from the design date is a serious design challenge. Not one that many people would want to take on today.

But these gentlemen did from the Rolls Royce Styling Department in the early 1960's.

Meet the designers of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and the Bentley T launched in 1965.

Chief designer John Blatchey right, deputy Bill Allen left, and designer Martin Bourne centre.

The above photo shows John Blatchey demonstrating some design cues of a wax model of a Silver Shadow. The picture was taken in 1969 the year John Blatchey retired.

Here is Martin Bourne working away on a wax model prior to the completion of the final Silver Shadow design. This model design is known as Tibet II. The photo was taken in the early 1960's.

The Bentley T in all its design glory. At the beach why not!

Now with the drop head coupe, the Bentley Corniche with body by H.J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. The 4 door salon body was made by Pressed Steel Ltd.

Now take a look at this! Here is a photo of Bill Allen along side the final Rolls Royce Corniche produced in 1996. Thirty years before when he designed the car he could not have predicted this day!

Pictures courtesy (Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd, Martin Bourne.)

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