Cars of 1999
Cars of 2000
Cars of 2001
Car of the Month
More Bentleys in these books:
of the Month - May 2001
Bentley R, 1954, #B77WG
Standard Steel Sports Saloon
in 1980 the Loire Valley (F) with its magnificent castles was toured, the
Bentley showed tow-tone paintwork in the "correct" scheme.
The first model introduced by Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. after WWII was
the Bentley Mark VI. As a result of the parent
company Rolls-Royce's intention of greatly increasing the volume of motor
car output the bold step was taken to offer the car with standard steel
saloon coachwork (of course chassis cum engine remained an option). When
in 1952 the Bentley R was launched it was more or
less a Mark VI re-designed by J.P. Blatchley, who by then had been
promoted to the position of chief styling engineer. The major alteration
was a bigger boot covered by a one-piece boot lid - the chassis extended
rearwards by some 8in (ca. 20cm) accommodated the new “big boot”.
Although the modification was only to the part of the body rear of B-post
the overall impression of a sleeker looking car met with much acclaim.
When compared to its short boot predecessor the Bentley R was considered
by many to be a more practical and a more elegant motor car, too.
"Corniche", Cote d'Azure's famous coastroad, offered
steep gradients nor inclement weather did impress the Bentley when
employed to pass the Austrian Alpes.
a visit of the Hradschin, the castle dominating Prague, the Bentley made
it onto the cover of a Czech motor magazine.
recommended - not only when a Bentley is employed as transport: Castello
di Roncade near Venice offers remarkably fine accomodation ((Tel.: +39 -
Fax: +39 - 0422 - 840964).
regards the „Car of the Month“ shown here the outward appearance isn't
of major interest though - with the exception perhaps that during the
recent 25 years three different colour schemes had been decided upon. The
owner emphasizes that far more important is the fact, that this is a
fabulous motor car for long distance touring all over Europe. Under any
driving conditions the ease of control is most impressive. An added bonus
is that a properly maintained Bentley R always will arrive at its
destination with absolutely no problems - and will return home safely,
too. Not even this car's mileage of some 500,000 miles ever caused any
concern. Under the bonnet there is still the original engine and the power
is transmitted by the automatic gearbox that had been fitted at the
factory. “Modern” additions were limited to fitting traffic indicators
and safety belts. Radials substituted the old cross-ply tyres and a
CD-player/radio combination is considered to be a better choice than the
original radio, because that one had been particularly prone to detect any
interference of the British Empire but didn't inform about traffic news…
you able to spot #B77WG having been selected as one of those to be
exhibited on the Grand Opening of the new "Rolls-Royce & Bentley
Motor Cars European Head Office" in Berlin in November 2000? (Photo
courtesy of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars).