Is orig­i­nal best…

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

John Parks (Let­ters, Septem­ber) ap­pears to make the fre­quent mis­take of as­sum­ing that a wornout Royce or Bent­ley rep­re­sents their true orig­i­nal abil­ity.

The Mkvi/r-type Bent­ley and Rolls-royce Sil­ver Dawn have a rep­u­ta­tion of con­tin­u­ing to run, even when they are to­tally worn out. This means that most own­ers of these – presently inexpensive – ma­chines ex­pe­ri­ence only the fad­ing glory of what was one of the world’s most ex­pen­sive cars.

The brakes on these must have been phe­nom­e­nal in their time, be­cause a well-ad­justed car will still stop like a mod­ern brake-boosted ve­hi­cle. The en­gine is smooth and will cruise all day at 70mph. The man­ual gear­box is a de­light, and the trans­mis­sion vi­bra­tion-free.

If own­ers spent as much time and ef­fort fix­ing the orig­i­nal equip­ment on these cars as they do on mod­i­fi­ca­tion, they would re­alise what an orig­i­nal car feels like and ap­pre­ci­ate what a rev­e­la­tion they must have been in the 1940s and early ’50s.

Dr Robert C Fol­lows


Bott’s su­perb scratch-built MKVI spe­cial

The rear axle is a nar­rowed Jensen item

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