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Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver September - October 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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
it’s a people thing

Meeting any young owner of a classic Rolls-Royce or Bentley is usually a pleasurable experience, our interview with eighteen-year-old Finlay Beatson – whose Silver Shadow is this issue’s cover star – being no exception. We’ve already featured a number of youthful owners in the magazine, some of them in their late teens. But the fact that Finlay bought this, his very first Rolls-Royce, at the tender age of sixteen is remarkable. It might not be a concours contender or a potential prize-winner, but it’s a much-loved car that’s been brought back to life by a mechanically-minded youngster with the confidence to tackle just about any job. Make sure you check out Finlay’s story, starting on Page 12. We also visit two extremes of Bentley ownership in this issue, as we meet…

7 min
return of the boat tail

Just as the last issue of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver went to press, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars revealed its latest ultra-exclusive bespoke model, aimed at expanding the company’s coachbuilding service into a distinct business. The most expensive model ever produced at Goodwood, it takes the name Boat Tail – last used on a series of coachbuilt Rolls-Royces in the 1920s and ’30s thanks to distinctive rear-end styling with overtones of a J-class yacht’s hull. The two-door, four-seater grand tourer measures 5900mm in length and has a removable ‘canopy’ roof. Just three examples have been hand-built, heavily customised to the desires of their buyers, each of whom was involved throughout the entire design process. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has hailed the Boat Tail as a “unique collaboration” between the company and its clients. The bespoke…

2 min
product news

BLACK BADGE LUGGAGE Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has added Black Badge editions to its Escapism Luggage Collection, designed to complement what it calls “the darker, edgier personas of the marque’s Black Badge motor cars”. The Escapism Luggage Collection first appeared in 2020, aimed at clients who favour a “more informal, relaxed appearance”. The Black Badge range is completely new in design and comprises five pieces: 48hr Weekender, 24hr Weekender, Holdall, Tote Bag and Organiser Pouch. Each one is hand-crafted from the finest leather and soft canvas, together with a new material inspired by the unique technical-weave fabric first used in the interior of Cullinan Black Badge. This combination gives the luggage a soft feel combined with a distinctive technical look. A range of different colour schemes is available, and the Black Badge Escapism luggage…

8 min
teenage dream

There are many enthusiasts who get to enjoy their first experience of Rolls-Royce ownership in later years. It’s often the way that once their families have grown up and left home, and their finances are a little less restricted, they can finally indulge their passion for automotive quality. Whether they’re in their forties, fifties or sixties, they’re the kind of marque aficionados who appreciate their inaugural Rolls-Royce all the more after waiting what feels like a lifetime. Fortunately for today’s classic car movement, however, there are enthusiasts at the other extreme, who manage to jump on to the Rolls-Royce ownership ladder at an impressively early age. We’ve featured a few of them before, young fanatics who manage to buy their first classic Rolls-Royce whilst still in their late teens or early…

1 min
engine upgrade

Finlay’s Silver Shadow dates from an important change-over year, as it was in 1970 (after his car had been built) that the original 6230cc V8 used in the Silver Shadow for its first five years was usurped by a larger-capacity version of the same unit. In came the 6750cc V8, marking the start of the L-series engine’s hugely successful ‘six-and-three-quarters’ career. This very useful increase in capacity was necessary to counter all the power-sapping equipment that was now being fitted to the Silver Shadow’s mighty V8 to control emissions, especially on cars destined for the North American market. But it was also welcomed by UK buyers (and our motoring press), who appreciated the extra horsepower on offer… although, of course, no official figures were ever released by Rolls-Royce.…

5 min
market watch

20HP HEADS FOR AUCTION A 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp with four-door saloon coachwork by Park Ward is heading for auction in early September, estimated at a tempting £30,000-35,000 plus buyer’s premium. Chassis number GMJ 41 benefits from a previous engine rebuild by marque specialist Brunts of Silverdale and has been in its current ownership for the last 33 years. The 20hp was launched by Rolls-Royce in 1922, its 3127cc six-cylinder engine being the company’s first overhead-valve unit. This example benefits from various later improvements, including the 1925- on four-speed gearbox and allwheel braking. A wide range of body styles was available for the 20hp from some of Britain’s best-known coachbuilders, including Mulliner, Thrupp & Maberly, Barker, Hooper and – as with this example – Park Ward. The vendor describes the car’s bodywork as very…