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Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver

July - August 2021

Celebrating two of Britain's most prestigious automotive marques, Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver magazine is the definitive publication for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts and owners. Principally focusing on the classic models of these luxurious car brands, it will offer comprehensive coverage of the most popular versions from both Rolls-Royce and Bentley, ranging from immediately after WW2 up to around the turn of the millennium. Undoubtedly, there will be some coverage of pre-war models, and we will feature modern classics such as the Bentley GT coupe. Whatever the model, however, our aim with Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver magazine is to offer a mix of owners' stories, buying advice, technical hints and tips and inspiration on how to restore, maintain, and, crucially, enjoy your favourite Rolls-Royce or Bentley.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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6 Issues

in this issue

5 min
market watch

LAST OF THE LINE If you like the idea of owning a late-model example of the Bentley S3 ‘Standard Steel’ saloon, this particular survivor (chassis number B124GJ) looks a tempting proposition at £45,000. Described by The Real Car Co as a “very appealing, smart, correct and sound example in just the right condition to use and enjoy”, the car is said to offer excellent paintwork in the original shade of Dawn Blue, complemented by high-quality chrome plating. The original blue and grey leather interior is also well-presented (with no splits or tears), as well as offering excellent headlining, carpets and woodwork. A particularly interesting factory-fitted feature is a fold-flat rear seat, documented in the original sales details and specified by the first owner to accommodate his salmon fishing gear. Even today, this…

3 min
from the archives

MID-RANGE BENTLEY Bentley’s all-model brochure of 1988 included a generous section devoted to the Mulsanne S, the car that marked the mid-way point in that year’s four-door line-up, bridging the gap between the entry-level Eight and the high-performance Turbo R. The Mulsanne S retailed in the UK at just under £70,000 back then, making it around £10,000 dearer than the Eight and £15,000 less expensive than its turbocharged cousin. The brochure boasted about the latest changes to this mid-range Bentley: “Powerful circular headlamps and a stylish new air dam which contributes to high-speed stability identify the latest Mulsanne S”. It was mechanically identical to the cheaper Bentley of the time, hence it having “the refinement, handling and sparkling performance of the Eight”, while an even more cossetting interior helped to ensure this…

1 min
did you know?

After launch, the two cars gained an extra couple of inches of legroom following customer feedback, achieved simply by repackaging the rear seat. The Spirit of Ecstasy was reduced in size for the Seraph, as part of the bid to reduce ostentatiousness. When the L-Series V8 was revived for the Arnage, much effort was put into its appearance – whereas the BMW units had been covered up as much as possible. As well as the BMW engines, Rolls-Royce also considered using General Motors’ ‘Northstar’ V8 engine and the Mercedes-Benz V8s and V12s. In the transition from regular Arnage to Arnage Red Label, the bodyshell was stiffened to cope with the extra weight of the older engine. The Bentley State Limousine used by Her Majesty the Queen is built on a…

3 min
good times ahead

The 50th anniversary of the Times Trophy Challenge race will be the centrepiece of what should be another cracking day of racing at the Bentley Drivers Club’s 73rd annual race meeting at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, on Saturday 7th August. The Times Trophy encounter – a Bentley scratch race incorporating a contest for pre-war cars – is the meeting’s blue riband event and will be the undoubted high point of an 11-race programme. The list of multiple Times Trophy winners down the years reads like a who’s who of the BDC’s most celebrated drivers: Alan Padgett, Tim Llewellyn, Ian Bentall, Adam Stacy-Marks, Peter Morley and Hawkeye Wijkander. In recent times, brothers Simon and Stuart Worthington have also claimed the coveted silver rose bowl on multiple occasions, flying…

10 min
the affordable choices

There’s been no shortage of attention-grabbing articles in the motoring press over the years proclaiming that a classic Rolls-Royce can be yours for the same price as a secondhand family hatchback. And it’s true that even with a UK budget of only £5000-6000, you’re likely to find the odd roadworthy Silver Spirit that’s just about within budget. Chances are, however, that such a car will require major work and expenditure at some point, which somewhat negates the idea of it being a ‘bargain’ Rolls-Royce. If you can stretch your budget, however, you’ll find there are far more impressive survivors available – the kind of cars that have been well-maintained and looked after by their previous owners. There was a time when the most affordable Rolls-Royce was the Silver Shadow, which ten…

31 min
buying guide special top ten buys

MkVI, R-TYPE & SILVER DAWN (1946-1955) The MkVI marked the start of a new era for Bentley – and not just because it was its first post-war model. This was also the first Bentley to be built at Crewe since Rolls-Royce’s takeover of the marque in 1931. Crucially, however, it was the first Rolls-Royce product of any sort to be provided as a complete car (bodied, trimmed and furnished) from the factory, with all previous Rolls-Royces and Bentleys having been shipped only as rolling chassis for coachbuilders to work their craft on. Using a shortened version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith chassis (120 instead of 127 inches) and the same 4257cc straight-six engine (later increased to 4566cc), the MkVI could be had as a Standard Steel saloon for just shy of £4500,…