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The first half century of its history Rolls-Royce did not have its own body production. The efforts to equip the new chassis with a body lay on the shoulders of the owners, who chose the contractor among the then numerous specialized workshops.
It wasn’t enough to say that cars with standard bodies that were already ready to use were manufactured before the appearance in 1946 of Bentley Mark VI and its twin brother Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. True, the bodywork for them was still done on the side, at the Pressed Steel metalworking plant. Crewe mastered body production only in connection with the release of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud / Bentley Type S, which debuted at fifty-five.
I must say, the car, the appearance of which the talented self-taught John Bletchley sneaked up on a piece of paper, turned out to be very successful and was warmly received by even the most conservative clients, and now is revered by Rolls-Royce adherents as a standard of corporate identity. But the frame chassis still allowed to install custom third-party body as an alternative to the factory.Sometimes they had a very unusual design.
A year after the debut, in addition to the basic versions, extended LWB with a 4-inch wheelbase were proposed. And the cars of the 1959 model year received, in addition to the main row six, an alternative V8, the license for which production was bought overseas, from GM. From this point on, 6-cylinder cars began to be designated as Silver Cloud I / Type S-1, and eight-cylinder machines became Silver Cloud I / Type S-2. In the case of the Bentley, 75 long-wheeling eight-cylinder S-2s were made, six of which received custom-made bodies. Including the machine with chassis number LLBA9.
According to the documents, this Bentley was ordered through a New York dealer John S. Inskip. At the request of the customer, the car's front landing gear chassis was delivered to the German city of Reutlingen, to the Wendler Karosseriebau plant. Most of all, this workshop has become famous for the bodies for racing Porsche 550 Spyder, RSK and RS61 and the elegant 4-seater version of the 356th model. At the same time, the identity of the customer was diligently hidden: the order was placed in the name of the agent, and the New York Yacht Club was listed as the buyer's address. Such secrecy does not fit in any way with the defiant sights of the car, in the guise of which the features of both Bentley and Mercedes-Benz are unmistakably guessed at the same time.
At the heart of this unique Bentley body is a Mercedes W112.However, a significant part of the parts is made by hand specifically for this car.
The characteristic feature of W111 / 112 was also reproduced, for which the model received its informal name Heckflosse - tail fins.
Expressive lanterns borrowed from the 1960 Buick are successfully incorporated into them.
In the Heckflosse family, the factory version with the station wagon was missing. But this gap was successfully filled by the same body workshops. The most famous two-volume Heckflosse of the Belgian company IMA. Wendler also managed to build his own version of the station wagon before Bentley joined them. What does the Mercedes intended for the same customer.
The interior organically combines the controls and tools of Bentley and Mercedes-Benz. The finish of the central panel is made of oak veneer instead of a typical walnut. There is also an audio system Becker Europa.
Unfortunately, in the description of the car, now on sale in Hyman Ltd. for only $ 575,000, nothing is said about the smell of the cabin. But the smell of Silver Cloud / Type S-2 was the subject of a separate cult for fans of the brand.