Given the resurgence of the Bentley marque following its acquisition by Volkswagen Group in 1998, there has developed a keen interest in classic Bentleys. Despite the fact that W.O. Bentley only ever produced about 3,000 cars during the short life of his company, the world now seems to be knee-deep in classic Bentleys - many of which have very questionable provenance.
During the racing heyday of the marque, Ettore Bugatti once described the huge, upright Bentleys which triumphed at Le Mans, ‘British Racing Lorries’ - such was his disdain for the big, brutish cars.
Aerodynamically-efficient they were not, and even after 1931 Bentley’s new owner, Rolls-Royce, didn’t seem much interested in producing anything that was remotely streamlined.
Sleator convinced Rolls-Royce that a French designer, Georges Paulins, who had penned some aerodynamic shapes for Talbot Lago, could build a streamlined body on a 4 1/4 Derby Bentley chassis.
|Arturo & Deborah Keller|
Bentley Motors would dearly love to own this true classic, but Arturo says he has no plans to sell it. He has loaned it to Bentley Motors on occasion, but it remains part of his private collection.