Is original best…
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