Bentley 6.5 Litre Petersen Dartmoor to prawdziwe dzieło sztuki na kołach. Powstał w XXI wieku, choć do jego budowy wykorzystano historyczne podwozie Bentleya z 1951 roku i powojenny lotniczy silnik Rolls-Royce B81SV o pojemności 6,5 l, w 8-cylindrowym układzie rzędowym. Za tą szaloną kreację odpowiedzialny jest warsztat Boba Petersen’a, uznana firma wśród miłośników marki Bentley. Pierwszy właściciel zażyczył sobie karoserię w stylu Art Deco, a w rezultacie powstał pojazd, który robi wrażenie swoim stylem, rozmachem i rozmiarami. Wystawiany w Goodwood, na Silverstone i Targach Essen Techno Classica, przez ostatnie 3,5 roku cieszył odwiedzających Classic Remise w Berlinie, gdzie był przechowywany, przejeżdżając w tym czasie zaledwie ok. 200 mil. Licytowany przez Bonhams’a w Paryżu, właściciela zmienił za ok. 2,1 miliona złotych.
BENTLEY PETERSEN 6½-LITRE « DARTMOOR » COUPÉ 1951
Sold for €483,000 (PLN 2,132,541) inc. premium
€350,000 – 450,000
PLN 1.5 million – 2 million
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4 Feb 2016 14:00 CET
1951 Bentley Petersen 6½-Litre ‚Dartmoor’ Coupé
Coachwork by Petersen Engineering
Chassis no. B329LH
•Two owners from new
•2,097 miles from new
Recalling the great coachbuilt streamlined designs of the 1930s, most notably those of Figoni et Falaschi and Saoutchik on Talbot-Lago and Delahaye chassis, this wonderfully reconstituted Bentley Mark VI is the work of Devon-based Bob Petersen Engineering, a company renowned for the rebuilding, restoration and recreation of classic Bentley motor cars. The first owner wanted the Art Deco look to apply as much to the red leather-trimmed interior as to the exterior of the car, which is tastefully finished in dark blue, the result being a unique and very special piece of motoring art. Even the red leather travel bags are similarly stylish. We are advised that it has been agreed there will not be another car built with this exact colour and trim combination in the future. The price when new was £334,000.
The Dartmoor is based on a 1951 chassis, which has been extended to a wheelbase of 11′ 0″ and features modified cruciform bracing and an under-slung rear axle, while the disc wheels are shod with 700×21 tyres. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce B81SV 6½-litre straight eight, a unit belonging to the B-series of engines developed towards the end of WW2 for military and commercial purposes. This particular engine was originally gas-powered but has been converted to run on unleaded petrol, which is delivered via a quartet of 1½” SU carburettors. Maximum power output of a standard B81 was around 195bhp at 3,750rpm, while this unit, with its larger-than-stock valves and specially developed camshaft and pistons, manages a most impressive 265bhp at the rear wheels. Indeed, the Dartmoor is described as reliable and comfortable to drive, possessing plenty of power and torque for modern traffic, and cruises comfortably thanks to its Bentley Continental high-ratio final drive.
Displayed for the first time at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September 2009, the Dartmoor received the ‚Judges Choice’ award at the AMOC’s Morwell House Garden Party in 2010, has visited the Bentley Drivers Club’s race weekend at Silverstone, and was displayed at the Essen Techno Classica in 2010 and 2011. The Dartmoor is also featured in Ray Roberts’ book, ‚Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys Volume II’, pages 326, 700 and 703.
Since its acquisition by the current (second) owner in February 2012, the Bentley has been kept in heated and dehumidified storage, and in the last 3½ years has covered only some 200 dry miles. The car has been serviced by Classic Remise (Michael Gross) in Berlin and still presents in ‚like new’ condition, attracting favourable attention wherever it goes. Accompanying documentation consists of an expired MoT (2012), Petersen specification sheets, and old (copy) and current UK V5C registration documents.
UK registered as ‚MGJ 897’, this wonderful and unique evocation of the very best of Art Deco automotive styling is a guaranteed centre of attention at any of the most prestigious motoring events.