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Rolls-Royce, The Post-War Phantoms IV, V, VI The Post-War Phantoms IV, V, VI
by Martin Bennett
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Historians and aficionados of the Rolls-Royce post-war Phantoms now have the ultimate “Reference Book”. To collect detail-information and photographs from many sources must have been an exhaustive task. One can only admire the considerable work put in by the author to achieve this outstanding result. Phantom IV, Phantom V and Phantom VI were the three Phantom models built by Rolls-Royce in the period after World War II. Spanning over some four decades from the early 50ies into the 90ies less than 1,000 cars all in all were built. Every single one from this rare breed is a reminder of a by-gone era in which bespoke, hand-built motor cars of this special type were once made. The Rolls-Royce Phantoms were amongst the last cars from Rolls-Royce to receive custom bodies. Although the number of coachbuilders had dwindled there were well-known names such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Hooper and James Young in the UK and known only to cognoscenti perhaps foreign coachbuilders like Chapron and Franay from France and Frua from Italy. The book finishes with excellent appendices, the author did act in conjunction with "listologist" Bernard L. King to list in detail every Phantom built during this time.

The author:
Born and educated in Gloucestershire in 1949, Martin Bennett has lived for most of his adult life in Australia. His fascination by the Rolls-Royce and Bentley margues has resulted in several books. The first of these had been published in 1973; has acted as Editor of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia journal "Praeclarum" for more than 20 years.

Specifications:
Case bound with dust jacket and slip-box; 225 x 295 mm, 304 pages, various mono and colour photos, published 2008;  price EUR0 98,00 (ca. US$ 137) plus postage and packing and – where applicable – VAT)             Click here to order!

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Bentley Mark VI, Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn & Silver Cloud, Bentley R-Series & S-Serie Bentley Mark VI, Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn & Silver Cloud, Bentley R-Series & S-Series  new
by Martyn Nutland

Based on original research and interviews with the people involved in production and marketing Martyn Nutland did compile the complete story of the post-war Bentley Mark VI, R-Type & S-Type and reports about Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn & Silver Cloud, too. Covered are concept, design, development, production, promotion and an emphasis is laid on coachbuilt cars. Neither specials are left out nor advice as regards buying and running these cars today. Appendices include chassis number sequences and dates and production modifications by date and chassis number.

The author:
Martyn Nutland has owned Bentleys, is a professional journalist and is former editor of the 'Bentley Drivers' Club Review'.

Specifications:
Hardback 260 x 210 mm, 176 pages, over 200 illustrations (including colour)
Price EURO 49,00 (ca. US$ 60) + postage and packing and VAT where applicable.           Click here to order!

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Harley: The Silver Ghost The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, A Supernatural Car
by Jonathan Harley

The Silver Ghost. A Supernatural Car is a personal recollection of the car restoration business from its infancy, working on exciting ‘barn finds’ of forgotten vehicles that were often bought for scrap value and later surprised by commanding enormous sums at auction. The author introduces the reader to the numerous larger-than-life personalities, too, he has met along the way, and the adventures they brought in their wake –bizarre, exotic, frequently amusing, and occasionally life-threatening. Many rarely-seen and unpublished pictures are included, spanning the century of a car whose engineering brilliance made the experience of driving truly ‘supernatural’.

The author:
Jonathan Harley served in the Royal Armoured Corps and during that period he acquired practical experience working on Rolls-Royce military engines. A career in mechanical engineering followed until the chance discovery of an abandoned 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I and its subsequent restoration led him to found J. N. Harley Engineering. That developed into one of the foremost restoration shops in the United Kingdom working almost exclusively on the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

Specifications:
Case bound, 255 x 255 mm, 224 pages, 220 mono and colour photos,
published 2007; price EUR0 58,50 (ca. US$ 76) plus postage and packing and – where applicable – VAT)            Click here to order!

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Walker: Coachwork on Vintage Bentleys Coachwork on Vintage Bentleys – 3 Litre, 4 ½ Litre, 6 ½ Litre, Speed Six & 8 Litre 1921-31
by Nick Walker

All those, who are pretty sure to know a Bentley from the early period of the company usually was an open tourer might be astonished about the vast variety of coachwork that originally had been erected on Bentley chassis. Indeed the tourers and sports models were outnumbered by rather heavy bodies like limousines, sedanca de villes and saloon and even landaulets. Just those luxuriously equipped bodies that were to be expected on ‘Upper Crust’ motor cars – and the tremendously expensive Bentley were in that league on their price alone. With detailed mono-photos, a few showing signs of their age, and an impressive array of colour-photos that had specially been commissioned to be made for this book the whole range of coachwork on Vintage Bentley is shown. Fair Warning: Those who are interested in a chronological history of Bentley motor cars and their technical details and specifications will not find such in this book. It does offer exactly what is promised by its title: In-depth information as regards coachwork that originally had been built for various Bentley models. In so far it even offers more than the title promises: Examples of the Bentley 4 Litre, the last of the ‘W.O. Bentleys’, which isn’t mentioned in the headline, do appear in text and illustrations in the book.

The author:
Nick Walker after having retired from a professional life as an engineer concentrated his interest on veteran and vintage cars. He is Honorary Librarian of the Vintage Sports-Car Club and has the position of being Honorary Archivist of SAE-UK (formerly IBCAM). He is Chairman of the Alvis Owners Club, too. Those who are familiar with literature on Bentley motor cars on the spot might connect his name with that brilliant book Bentley 3 ½ & 4 ¼ Litre in Detail..

Specifications:
Hardback, 280 x 210 mm, 160 pages, ca. 200 Mono-photos and 59 colour-photos, Price EURO 52,00 (ca. US$ 65) + postage and packing and VAT where applicable.
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Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys
by Ray Roberts

A wealth of detail information covering 80 years of Bentley is to be found in 622-pages book. That had not been compiled with a focus only on what usually is described by the term “Specials”, i.e. cars that over the years had been subject to re-design and modifications; sometimes built up from bits and and pieces. To be found are a lot of Bentley motor cars that sported extraordinary layout or details from the very day they were delivered originally and have survived in that form. To mention there are in excess of 1,000 photos, a chronology of Bentley model production and 80 pages of indices, 1,200 cars recorded by separate (cross check) chassis & registration numbers gives a glimpse on only a few highlights of the wide ranging contents of Volume II “Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys”.

The author:
Over a very long period the author – an avid Bentley motorist - did collect facts and photos. His devotion to what made a large number of cars to qualify as a ‘Special Bentley’ is obvious from what he did compile.

Specifications:
Cloth hardback, 275 x 220 mm, 622 pages, 1036 mono and 24 colour photos,
published 2007; price EUR0 150,00 plus postage and packing and – where applicable – VAT)            Click here to order!

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Walker: BENTLEY 3 ½ & 4 ¼ Litre 1933-40 In DetailBENTLEY 3½ & 4¼ Litre 1933-40 In Detail
by Nick Walker

This book is outstanding! Thus from the very start you know what will be the resumé of this review. Nick Walker compiled an in-depth account of Bentley Motors during a period that was tremendously important for the marque - the era of a new start after the take-over by Rolls-Royce. In addition to detailed description and analysis of the Bentley 3 ½ Litre and Bentley 4 ¼ Litre the short life - due to outbreak of WWII - of the Bentley Mark V is covered. The success of these models was the basis for Bentley starting again after the war. There could be little doubt that a competent author was at work because Nick Walker enjoys the reputation to be an expert. In this case his precise documentation is enhanced by perfect illustrations. Colour photos -sometimes in series that even show tiny details - are of highest standard and the fine mono photos had been selected very carefully. Many of the mono photos had not been published previously in other Bentley books- hence these are a delight even for aficionados. The verdict after all: This book is outstanding!

The author:
Nick Walker is Honorary Librarian of the Vintage Sports Car Club and Archivist of the Institute of Vehicle Engineering (formerly IBCAM). He has in recent years written a number of books , including the definitive A-Z of British Coachbuilders.

Specifications:
Cloth hardback 275 x 215 mm, 160 pages, over 150 mono and 70 colour photos,
published 2002, price EUR 66,- plus postage and packing (and VAT where applicable)             Click here to order!

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Original Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1946-65 Original Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1946-65
by James Taylor
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Apart from their radiator grilles, there is little difference between Rolls-Royce and Bentley standard saloons made during the period from 1946 to the early 1980s. This book covers the models produced between 1946 and 1965, i.e. the non-monocoque cars with bodies mounted onto separate chassis. Starting with Bentley Mark VI/R-Type and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 1946-54, then Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, II & II and Bentley S1, 2 & 3 1955-65, this is a detailed guide to original specifications and equipment, with exhaustive information on production changes and modifications. Mainstream coachbuilt derivatives are also featured, including Bentley Continental R and S series as well as fixed head coupés and drophead coupés by coachbuilders Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young.

So far for the basic information – but it is the photos that will blow you away. These have been taken of carefully selected cars providing evidence of authentic factory condition and are a tremendous help to owners and restorers with a desire to keep a car „as originally delivered“. The photos by Mark Dixon are of outstanding quality and to peruse this book is a sheer delight. This is not just one more book illustrated by well-known company photos repeated for the umpteenth time – magnificent motor cars and their interesting details are shown on exceptionally fine photos that were taken especially for this book. This book had been ‘out of print’ and wasn’t available for quite some time; at least here is a new edition. Highly recommended!

The author:
James Taylor is a writer in various automotive fields and highly respected for the meticulous research he brings to his work. With more than 40 books to his credit, some of which appeared in foreign languages, he has been the right man to be entrusted with the task of compiling this book. It would be unfair though not to pay tribute to the most impressive work of Mark Dixon, who took almost all of the photographs in this book.

Specifications:
Hardcover with dustjacket, 295 x 225 mm, 160 pages, 300 colour photographs (!), Price 52 EURO (ca. 65 US$) + postage and packing              Click here to order!

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Malcolm Bobbitt: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series Camargue & CornicheRolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series Camargue & Corniche
by Malcolm Bobbitt

When launched in Paris in 1965, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was claimed to be the most innovative Rolls-Royce for over 50 years. With its sister model, the Bentley T, the two new models marked a revolutionary step forward for their manufacturer, Rolls-Royce. Much acclaimed from the very beginning of their career the models remained in production until 1980 in their revised editions of R-R Silver Shadow II and Bentley T2. Using the R-R Silver Shadow's floorpan and running gear the magnificent R-R Corniche and R-R Camargue were developed. Here is the full and fascinating story about design and development. A lot of previously unpublished photos of prototype motor cars do give an insight into the extremely careful development work at Rolls-Royce. The enlarged and revised 3rd edition, published in 2004, provides all the data anyone should ever need if s/he is seriously interested in a car from these model series.

The author:
Malcolm Bobbitt is a freelance writer who chooses mainly to write about automotive history; he has several books to his credit. How devoted he was to the task of researching properly is documented not at least by the fact that for example he contacted John Polwhele Blatchley, the designer who has been responsible for the R-R Silver Shadow's styling.

Specifications:
Hardback 260 x 210 mm, 208 pages, over 200 illustrations (including colour)
3rd Edition Price EUR 64,- plus postage and packing  
Enlarged & Revised 3rd Edition now available.     Click here to order!

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Bennet: Bentley ContinentalBentley Continental, Corniche & Azure
by Martin Bennett

The most powerful coachbuilt Bentleys described in vivid detail by an internationally acknowledged Rolls-Royce and Bentley expert. Covered are all of the famous models - from 1951 to date - Bentley Continental R Type, S1, S2 & S3 as well as Bentley Corniche, Bentley Continental Convertible and the huge coupés Bentley Continental R, Bentley Continental S and Bentley Continental T plus the exciting Bentley Azure. This book includes technical specification and performance data. Lists of individual cars by chassis number with details of coachwork, original owners and original registration numbers are part of the book. Martin Bennett's photo collection has been a fine basis for his new book to become profusely illustrated with over 300 colour and mono photographs/illustrations.

Specifications:
Cloth hardback, 250 x 207 mm, 224 pages, over 300 colour and mono photos/illustrations, published 1998,
Price EUR 83,- plus postage and packing.   Click here to order!

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Bobbitt: R-R Silver Spirit & Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Brooklands...Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit & Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Eight, Continental, Brooklands & Azure
by Malcolm Bobbitt

The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and its long wheelbase derivative the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur replaced the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and the lwb. Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II. Their Bentley counterpart, the Mulsanne was successor to the Bentley T. The new models remained in production – albeit in a number of guises – for some eighteen years. A multitude of modifications ensured that all demands from clients and legislation were dealt with accordingly. Much was achieved in the period between 1980 and 1998, with several generation of cars each establishing new parameters of excellence and from the mainstream models several derivatives were developed, e.g. the Rolls-Royce Park Ward Limousine on an extended chassis. The revival of the Bentley marque is described in detail. From Bentley Mulsanne and Mulsanne Turbo with its awesome performance to Bentley Brooklands and Bentley Turbo R. The latter being mainly responsible for more Bentley motor cars outselling Rolls-Royce by three to one during the late 90ies

The book's coverage of these cars includes design, prototypes, production and evolution. In depth research results in hitherto unknown facts about sales as well as marketing. Of course detailed specifications are given and production figures.

The Author:
Malcolm Bobbitt chooses to write mainly about automotive subjects and has a number of books to his credit. Outstanding amongst these is his tremendously successful previous book “Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Bentley Series, Camargue & Corniche”.

Specifications:
Cloth hardback with dustjacket, 207 x 260 mm, 192 pages, ca. 250 mono- and colour  photographs published 2000,
Price EUR 64,- plus postage and packing    Click here to order!

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