Sunday, August 24, 2014

1939 Bentley 16 Cylinder Royale

1939 Bentley 16 Cylinder Royale In the words of its creator, master automobile conceptualist Gary Wales, this 1939 Bentley Royale is: “Everything in Excess, Nothing in Moderation.” Roll-Royce and Bentley built automobiles of legendary strength and toughness. More than a few R-R and Bentley chassis were repurposed with immense engines and scanty bodies. Powered by surplus aircraft Merlin V12s and similar excess, they were called Speedcars, and they were all of that, thundering examples of the concept, “When it comes to horsepower, too much is just right.” Even among those fire-breathing monsters, though, Gary Wales’ creation of the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is an order of magnitude better. Based on Rolls-Royce and Bentley components from the Silver Ghost through the ’90, its coachwork is developed from an original Sedanca deVille body commissioned by airman and auto racer Whitney Straight, The frame is a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. The Bentley Royale’s engine is a masterful construction consisting of two Rolls-Royce Phantom IV 5.75-Liter overhead valve Inline eight cylinder blocks with crankshafts geared together on a common crankcase, a design akin to Ettore Bugatti’s H-16 aircraft engine. Constructed by Gary Wales with mechanical assembly by Andres Aranda, the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is a masterpiece. A modern Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, it has all the irrational thrills of nearly unlimited power that shakes the road and everything around it, wrapped in meticulously formed, finished and trimmed coachwork. Vastly powerful but elegantly and comfortably bodied, the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is on-of-a-kind, a statement of Rolls-Royce Speedcar heritage and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley tradition of style, comfort and luxury. Power Rack & Pinion Bentley T2 Steering 45 Different Dashboard Instruments and Switches Carl Zeiss Headlamps. 5 Speed Rolls-Royce Experimental Gearbox 4” Exhaust with cutouts and Merlin-Style Manifolds. Elaborate, Luxurious Interior Wood and Leather Appointments. Elephant-Hide Roof Covering. Front Disc Brakes.

from Robert Pass Classic Cars

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