RE: Bentley plots first ever pre-war continuation car

RE: Bentley plots first ever pre-war continuation car

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Tom Hardman

1 posts

84 months

Monday 9th September
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Nothing new here, specialists have been building replicas for years and probably forgotten more than the Crew Bentley Boys will ever know intellectually. All parts are available off the shelf if you know where to look and who to ask....

PATTERNPART

657 posts

146 months

Monday 9th September
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Bonkers!

And couldn't be driven on the road registered legally.

I go to Silverstone every summer to watch the Bentley Drivers Club annual race meeting. Blowers are among the slower cars due to their great weight and unwieldy handling.

They do make impressive and comfortable 4 seater tourers on the road but see above!

Bill Ferry

54 posts

99 months

Monday 9th September
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Just to say, and without being contentious..
Pur Sang build pretty nifty pre-war ALFA and Bugatti replica's.. Jay Leno always seems pretty chuffed with his.
Closer to home, dear ALVIS builds copies of its' pre-war 4.3, with modern [?] disc brakes and impressive fuel injection.. they are impressive, and very beautiful, and in every way would be my instant choice. But, alas.. life's oldest story intervenes. Back to the Lottery fairy then.!
Isn't life a b#gger.
WF,

sideways sid

1,047 posts

160 months

Monday 9th September
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skylarking808 said:
Just want to say I would love to have a go at driving one.

Must be a challenge and a hoot!
Saw one parked in Gloucestershire a couple of weeks ago and thought the same thing!

sideways sid

1,047 posts

160 months

Monday 9th September
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I wonder why every part will be 3D scanned, if most will be made from original moulds and jigs.

The article said:
...3D scan every individual part, and then recreate the car using the original moulds and jigs and traditional hand tools.

The Crack Fox

13,587 posts

137 months

Monday 9th September
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William Medcalfe will do you something similar!

His showroom and workshop are fascinating and he's a total gent - http://vintagebentley.com/

rev-erend

20,090 posts

229 months

Monday 9th September
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Brilliant idea.

Put me down for one biggrin

mark beavan

58 posts

87 months

Monday 9th September
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Hmmm....

Why would anyone want to buy one of these for (I'm guesing) several million pounds, when they could spend half a million and have a really nice, genuine 3/4.5 which would stop better, steer better, go better and (in my view) look better.

ntiz

873 posts

81 months

Monday 9th September
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mark beavan said:
Hmmm....

Why would anyone want to buy one of these for (I'm guesing) several million pounds, when they could spend half a million and have a really nice, genuine 3/4.5 which would stop better, steer better, go better and (in my view) look better.
Or if you have your heart really set on a blower buy a real 4.5 add blower. Spend the change racing.

RichB

42,187 posts

229 months

Monday 9th September
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This really is bizarre, There are so many Blower Bentley replicas and recreations out there already that any one that wants one can go out and get one. What's the point of VW making more? confused

Venturist

2,745 posts

140 months

Monday 9th September
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RichB said:
This really is bizarre, There are so many Blower Bentley replicas and recreations out there already that any one that wants one can go out and get one. What's the point of VW making more? confused
Slice of the pie.
And whilst the recreations can say they’re indistinguishable from a Bentley, only Bentley can say it IS a Bentley.

WonkyPointing

4 posts

3 months

Monday 9th September
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bloomen said:
None of them have managed it so far so I'll guess it's a no.

I presume buyers will simply stick the plate of their original on it and hope they don't get pulled.
None of who haven't managed what?

ash73

16,506 posts

166 months

Monday 9th September
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God I'd love one of these, if it was road legal.

MummyDust

4 posts

1 month

Monday 9th September
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Awesome! I wish I wasn’t poor.

Kubevoid

134 posts

1 month

Monday 9th September
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I assume these will come with a giant Toad in tweed to pilot the thing.

ntiz

873 posts

81 months

Monday 9th September
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Venturist said:
RichB said:
This really is bizarre, There are so many Blower Bentley replicas and recreations out there already that any one that wants one can go out and get one. What's the point of VW making more? confused
Slice of the pie.
And whilst the recreations can say they’re indistinguishable from a Bentley, only Bentley can say it IS a Bentley.
Still in the same boat that they won’t be considered real ones though.

What do the guys at Crewe actually know about building one of these? Bentley don’t offer any support to the vintage cars. Wouldn’t shock me if they are actually going to give it to one of the specialists.

thegreenhell

6,108 posts

164 months

Tuesday 10th September
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WonkyPointing said:
bloomen said:
None of them have managed it so far so I'll guess it's a no.

I presume buyers will simply stick the plate of their original on it and hope they don't get pulled.
None of who haven't managed what?
None of the other OEMs producing these 'continuation' cars (i.e. Jaguar and Aston Martin) have managed to offer road legal status to these cars, although they can subsequently be modified to pass IVA.

stavers

197 posts

91 months

Tuesday 10th September
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thegreenhell said:
WonkyPointing said:
bloomen said:
None of them have managed it so far so I'll guess it's a no.

I presume buyers will simply stick the plate of their original on it and hope they don't get pulled.
None of who haven't managed what?
None of the other OEMs producing these 'continuation' cars (i.e. Jaguar and Aston Martin) have managed to offer road legal status to these cars, although they can subsequently be modified to pass IVA.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to find there is nothing that can be done to one of these to get it past an IVA.

I am sure that, when the whole Pur Sang replica issue was in it's fairly early stages, a genuine GP Bugatti was put through an IVA just to see what would happen. It basically failed everything except for braking. Can't see this being any different.

The "newer" continuations at least have all the brake lights, indicators, levers all inside the car stuff that would make an IVA more passable. But even then I'm not sure how they would pass all of the IVA stuff without a rather lenient examiner! But good luck to them if they can.

Sway

12,056 posts

139 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Venturist said:
RichB said:
This really is bizarre, There are so many Blower Bentley replicas and recreations out there already that any one that wants one can go out and get one. What's the point of VW making more? confused
Slice of the pie.
And whilst the recreations can say they’re indistinguishable from a Bentley, only Bentley can say it IS a Bentley.
Those recreations, or at least the ones I'm aware of Are Bentleys. Just regular 4 1/2l ones upgraded to Blower spec.

Roy C

4,123 posts

229 months

Friday 13th September
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IIRC W.O. Bentley was quite sniffy about Birkin's "blowers" and he was probably right, as they weren't successful and lost Birkin and Dorothy Paget a lot of money. VAG and Bentley have seen the money Bob Petersen makes for his "recreations" and probably want a piece of the action plus the publicity.
Somehow, I don't think they will be building them in Welwyn Garden City...