(With apologies to those who already know all this stuff)
That lady visitor said it all:
“I get it now!"
“It’s not just about engines, is it?”
“Actually, it’s all about excellent design.”
…and “London & Derby”, “L&D” ?
The places where the cars were made provide us with some descriptive names:
MANCHESTER 1904 to 1908 Early Ghosts
“Derby Phantoms” v. Post-WWII PIVs, PVs & PVIs & “Goodwood Phantoms”
“Derby Bentleys” v. “W.O.Bentleys” & Post WWII Bentleys
Springfield Mass.USA 1920 to 1931 “Springfield Ghosts & Phantoms”
Crewe 1946 to 2002 Dawns, MkVIs, R-Types, Clouds, S Series Bentleys, Wraiths, Shadows, Spirits, Mulsannes, Arnages, Azures, Turbo Rs, Seraphs, etc.
Now Bentley Motors Ltd make the GT etc. at Crewe
Goodwood 2001- today
Goodwood Phantom VII
Goodwood Phantom Drophead
Goodwood 102EX Electric ?
SOME NAMES OF BODY STYLES
OTHER OPEN CARS
All Called “Dropheads”
Just an ordinary limousine
Some Model Names: Why were they called that?
A CORNICHE is a coastal road.
Monet’s ‘Corniche of Monaco’
Also a breed of horse
MULSANNE and ARNAGE
Le Mans Racing Circuit
So, Rolls-Royce use the name “Continental” for Bentleys over and over again!
COACHWORK: Some Pre-war Coachbuilders’ Plates
Some Post War Cars have “Coachbuilt” bodies. James Young Mulliner Park Ward Mulliner Park Ward SS = Standard Steel ( these are ‘saloons’ not sedans) (but remember: with things Rolls-Royce, never say never and never say always!)
Doors and Door Handles
Brake Reversing Tail with number plate light underneath
The Interior Walnut Veneer
The Rear Seats and Headlining etc.
West of England Cloth
Note the silk blinds And tasselled grab handles
The Interior “Jewellery”
ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP, 20-25, 25-30 AND WRAITH IN DETAIL
This is the wheel-changing equipment
In the Running Board
....while the remaining tools are held within the luggage lid.
SOME MODELS MADE FOR ROYALTY
Post -WWII Phantoms
(Photo from Pastouna”Royal R-R Motor Cars”)
Phantom V with a “suicide” door
Phantom VI With a front-hinged door
A Bit of Quick Identification: Generally speaking…
Silver Ghosts have no radiator shutters
20hps have horizontal shutters
PI Radiator is almost square, PII’s is longer
MarkVI boot opens down, R Type opens up
Shadow door handle v Spirit door handle
Spanning 100 years:
A 1910 ‘Derby’ Silver Ghost and a 2011 Goodwood Ghost
It’s a Design Thing !