Scream If You Want To Go Faster

If you have to ask how much it costs to look this cheap you probably can’t afford it.

The Mansory Black Edition near some mountains. Context innit? All images: Autoguide

All of a sudden Bentayga makes sense. Bentayga exists, I now realise, to provide a frame upon which the spectacularly insecure can hang the neediest portion of their id – and in the case above have it rendered in ‘Collage Edition’ carbon fibre. Behold the Mansory Black Edition – the ultimate expression of Bentayga-ness. Continue reading “Scream If You Want To Go Faster”

1965 Bentley “T”-Type Review

Sporting to a “T” –  
Archie Vicar drives to Sicily in the new motor carriage from Crewe.

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Distinctive, sporting elegance.

(from Motorist´s Illustrated Digest, Dec 1965)
Photos by Douglas Land-Windermere

(Note: owing to the very poor quality of the original publication´s images, stock images have been used.)

The Bentley marque conjours images of the driver Richard “Dick” Seaman charging along the Mulsanne Straight at a 100 mph. That he achieved this very respectable pace minus a tyre is a tribute to his Bentley and to his boundless idiocy. Great chap. He is very much missed in motoring circles. For a while Bentley´s sporting character has been as absent and as lamented as Mr Seaman. The last batches of Bentleys have, frankly, been a little hard to distinguish from their Rolls-Royce stablemates. Continue reading “1965 Bentley “T”-Type Review”

1959 Bentley S1 Flying Spur Continental review

Bentley makes its mark

1959 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur
1959 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur

by Archie Vicar

Photographs by Marmaduke Orpington

(from the Motorist´s Compendium and Driver´s Almanack, Dec 1959)

Bentley seem to be finding their feet again after a spell in the shadows of their owner, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. This month it is our privilege to be invited to test drive the evidence of this resurgence, the S1 Continental Flying Spur .

First might I present a little history for younger readers. Bentley started offering steel bodywork in 1946 and many coachbuilders have been continuing to offer their own versions of these car, as if a “standard” Bentley wasn´t sufficiently prestigious. But these later cars have apparently lacked a a certain something. For this author, if were one to search for a proper expression of a coach-built Bentley one would have to go back to the Thrupp & Maberly 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre all-weather touring car. As recorded in the notes of a Bentley works manager at the time (,E.W. Hives) a Bentley should ““answer to the moods of the driver…be driven fast with safety, or will tour without fuss and noise…maximum speed should not be obtained at the expense of acceleration…controls, steering, and brakes shall be light to operate, and the braking shall be adequate for a fast car…maximum speed of the car on the road should be 90 mph, 75 mph in third gear…” And the Thrupp and Maberley tourer certainly met those demands.

In recent times things are a little different. In 1952 the R-type was presented to the world and it had bigger engines than its predecessor. But these cars were really not quite what Bentley customers wanted, as indicated by disappointing sales. Continue reading “1959 Bentley S1 Flying Spur Continental review”