Best 1950 - 1979 AND Best in Show
Bentley - 1954 - Model R Bentley
4.5 litre 6 cylinder
In line F head engine (inlet valves in the head, exhaust valves in the block).
This is the first "Automatic" Bentley or Rolls Royce model ever produced.
Denis writes about his car:-
What I have done to it etc:
The car is original but maintained, but all mechanicals are still as they left the factory.
Why I love it:
I have been fanatical about Rolls Royce/Bentley Cars since I was a small boy. To me, these cars represented the pinnacle of automotive excellence, all done with Elegance and Style. I chose a Bentley because there is some truth in the old saying:
"INDUSTRIALISTS DRIVE ROLLS ROYCES but GENTLEMEN DRIVE BENTLEYS"...................lol
Provenance/How I got it:
In 2008 I purchased my Bentley in Adelaide, as this seems to be the last place on earth, where you can still buy an unrestored original.
I made the purchase after my partner pointed out that this was one of my "Life Ambitions" and that perhaps it might be a good idea to buy one before I became too old to drive/enjoy it properly.
How I use him:
I drive him 2 or 3 days a week, as I believe a car should be driven.
How I feel about owning this car:
I feel very privileged to be the custodian of such a fine "Proper Motor Car".