Any slowdown in Vintage Bentley values due to the current economic climate is likely to push owners toward a cup of tea rather than Valium
Chassis 356 was the first “Red Label” Bentley produced, and it was this model that was to lay the foundations of Bentley’s financial success. The final specification of the first Red Label, short chassis, Speed Model (generally known in the works as “Speed One”) was Read More
It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited
Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.
Howe’s place in the history of motorsport was assured by his 1931 Le Read More
The long hood is a bit like a padded medieval codpiece
This 1932 Daimler Double Six 40/50 Sport Saloon is, without question, one of the most imposing automobiles ever constructed by the legendary British marque-or any maker of exclusive luxury vehicles. While only 26 Double Sixes were built over a decade, the vast majority had a smaller displacement and short chassis. Among this rarified group, this 1932 Daimler Double Six Read More
Buyers will pay over the odds for a perfect, no stories road car just to feel they have the best available
Machiavelli was Italian. So were Mussolini and Enzo Ferrari (not that I’m comparing them). And although he isn’t, Scuderia Ferrari’s director Jean Todt has probably lived there long enough to qualify. I grew up in Italy, and sometimes even I find it hard to decipher Italian political and business Read More
The underbidders stopped bidding when they thought the car wasn’t selling-bad luck, as it was
The 6.8-liter S-type was produced in four series from 1927 to 1930, with a total output of some 170 cars. This car is from the original 1927-28 series, of which just 26 were built. It was ordered new from Mercedes-Benz Inc. in New York by Mrs. Charles Levine, believed to be the wife of the Read More
I’d put this price down to the mystique of an auction and congratulate the owner on courage worthy of a Bentley Boy
Walter Owen Bentley’s automotive efforts were directed from the outset toward sporting motor cars, and the initial 4-cylinder, 3-liter models proved lively until burdened with saloon bodies. Bentley’s solution was to double displacement and horsepower to 6½ liters, but disappointing sales figures and steep production costs threatened the Read More
Such luxury was the equivalent of today’s private jet, a powerful symbol of its owner’s status and forward thinking
The Midland Hotel, Manchester, was the site of a significant meeting in automotive history on May 4, 1904, when the Hon. Charles Rolls arrived by train with his business associate Henry Edmunds, to meet Frederick Henry Royce.
Both parties knew each other by repute and their partnership was to be one Read More
The last SVs finally received separate lubrication for engine and gearbox,
so the engine didn’t have to swallow metal shavings from missed shifts
Factory records indicate that chassis 4882 was finished on November 29, 1971, as production number 627. The original paint color was Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. The car was originally delivered to Lamborghini dealer Carpanelli in Rome, who reportedly sold it new to a Read More
It never won a major race and proved almost sale-proof, but the macho Blower Bentley is Britain’s ultimate vintage sports car
Though only 50 production Blower Bentleys were built, experts estimate that 43 still exist. Of that number, few if any are as untouched as this car. Indeed, no less a vintage Bentley authority than Clare Hay has written about SM3916: “[It is] in such original order that the felt damping pad Read More
Once favored by impecunious young Spitfire pilots and cads about town, the SS 100 is now a blue chip collectible with price to match
Founded in Blackpool by William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926, its first major success being an attractive sports saloon on the Austin Seven chassis. The design was the work of Walmsley’s partner, William Lyons.
Ten years later, in Read More