Bentley 85 Years On

This week is known as “Monterey Auto Week” for those who are automotive aficionados, particularly if they are well-heeled ones.

This week is known as “Monterey Auto Week” for those who are automotive aficionados, particularly if they are well-heeled ones. That’s because the northern California area will be full of all manner of vintage, prestigious cars.

Naturally, Bentley is in the mix.

What’s interesting about Bentley in this regard is not that it is going to have the 2016 Continental GT (a new front and rear fascia; new interior tailoring; a new tuning for its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine so that it now has 567 hp and 531 lb-ft), but as this is its 85th anniversary, it is going to be showing, in the Quail Rally, a 1930 Blower Bentley.

It is interesting to compare the design of that vehicle:

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with a current design, the Continental GT Convertible:

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Without taking anything away from the new car, the Blower Bentley has a certain panache that the new one lacks.