1939 BENTLEY 4 ¼-LITRE RUSS-TURNER SPECIAL
Combining the words ‘Bentley’ and ‘special’, can often conjure up images of frightfully-proportioned, unattractive motors using post-war mechanicals and inadequately aping the looks of pre-war cars. This car, built around a 1939 car’s chassis and running gear in the mid-1960s, was anything but that. ‘Rusty’ Russ-Turner knew a thing or two about pre-war Bentleys, owning a car raced by Sir Henry Birkin in the early 1960s. During that decade he set about creating sports racers built using thencheap Derby Bentley donors. This car – which started life as a Park Ward saloon – had its body removed, its chassis shortened and lightweight coachwork and a Wade supercharger fitted. After The car was later owned by Aston Martin boss Victor Gauntlett, politician David Steele and Bentley specialist Stanley Mann. In smart, but not immaculate order, it wasn’t expensive for what it was.