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Classic Connection Vega$ – Bentley R-Type Coupé #B77ZX

In 1952 the second post ’39-’45 conflict Bentley was launched known as the R-Type. Internally the vehicle was known as the Bentley 7 following the Mk VI launched in 1946, the two models are differentiated by a slightly larger motor and larger boot/trunk of the R-Type.

Bentley R-Type Gooda Coupé, Danville Concours d'Elegance

Like the Mk VI the R-Type was available with either a standard steel saloon/sedan body by Pressed Steel of Coventry or a bespoke body from a decreasing number of coachworks. It is not clear exactly which body was fitted to today’s featured 1954 car when it was new but the chassis number tells us it was definitely a saloon and not one of the 208 two door Continental chassis built between 1952 and 1955.

Bentley R-Type Gooda Coupé, Danville Concours d'Elegance

In 1966 the owner of #B77ZX Robert (Bob) Gooda commissioned the Coupé body by Robert Peel that is seen in these photographs taken by Jay Wollenweber at Danville Concours d’Elegance a couple of years ago. The following year Brian Dumps raced the car in a Bentley Drivers Club event at Silverstone in which several other unusual post war Bentley’s also appear to have taken part. There is also an image of B77ZX taking part in an as yet unidentified grass track event linked here.

Bentley R-Type Gooda Coupé, Danville Concours d'Elegance

After it’s 1960’s competition career #B77ZX turned up in Series 2 Episode 10 “Classic Connection” as a background vehicle of the late 70’s television series Vega$ staring Robert Urich as investigator Dan Tanna (Down Towner ?) , unfortunately this is not a series that made it to the UK but I gather the plot of Classic Connection revolved around a classic car show on the city where what happens, stays.

Bentley R-Type Gooda Coupé, Danville Concours d'Elegance

A search on the internet shows the car has changed hands many times appearing in two Bonhams auctions most recently in 2009. Members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club will be lucky to see the allegedly 250 hp Gooda Special at the 72nd GRRC members meeting on 29-30 March 2014 when it will be driven by owner Terry O’Reilly in the Tony Gaze Trophy.

If any GRRC member who would like to invite the author as their grateful guest to the aforementioned event at Goodwood, please do not hesitate to get in touch below.

My thanks to Jay Wollenweber for kindly sharing his photographs and to Vince “raceanouncer2003” H at The Nostalgia Forum for his help with finding out additional details about the car.

Thanks for joining me on this “Classic Connection Vega$” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a well known NASCAR entrants Nitemare. Don’t forget to come back now !


Land Yachts – Danville Concours d’Elegance

Once again today’s photographs from the recent Danville Concours d’Elegance come courtesy of ‘California Streets‘ blogger Jay Wollenweber.

Packard One-Twenty, Danville Concours d'Elegance

To get through the Great Depression Packard decided to produce a midsize vehicle known as the One Twenty, many think it was a mistake to use the Packard reputation for excellence for the venture instead of coming up with a new brand.

REO Speedwagon, Danville Concours d'Elegance

I mistakenly identified this pick up as a Terraplane, Jay pointed out that it is actually a rare REO Speedwagon. While it looks totally stock on the outside the motor axles and air conditioning are a mix of Chevrolet and Ford parts that allow this pick up to travel comfortably faster than the 35 mph it would have achieved when new in 1935.

Buick Caballero, Danville Concours d'Elegance

First of today’s genuine land yachts is this low riding 1957 Buick Century Caballero Station Wagon. high production costs of this car featuring unusual, for an estate / station wagon, pillarless styling stymied production after just two years with the Caballero name remaining dormant since 1958.

Ford Thunderbird, Danville Concours d'Elegance

Not quite in the land yacht category is this ’57 Ford Thunderbird, with the first series, last year of production, heavily restyled front bumpers.

Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, Danville Concours d'Elegance

If your in the market for a rare Cadillac then a 1957 Series 70 Eldorado Brougham might be a great place to start. Only 400 of these hand built cars were built in 1957, they cost more than a contemporary Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

Pontiac Bonneville, Danville Concours d'Elegance

1958 saw the Pontiac Bonneville launched as a separate model, with a standard electric clock, priced at less than US$3,000. The 300 hp Bonneville Convertible was chosen as the 1958 Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500.

Studebaker Avanti, Danville Concours d'Elegance

The ‘aerodynamically different’ Avanti by Studebaker also got an early airing at Indianapolis in 1962, as the “Honorary Pace Car alongside the Studebaker Skylark Convertible ‘Official Pace Car’. Production of the Avanti was shut down in December 1963 with 2,500 vehicles still in the dealer chain this particular model above appears to have been one of those 2,500.

Pontiac Tempest LeMans GTO, Danville Concours d'Elegance

Pontiac Sales Manager Frank Bridge insisted on limiting production of the GTO option package for the 1964 Pontiac Tempest to 5000, by the beginning of 1964 10,000 had already been sold and the vehicle above is one of the 32,450 total first year sales. Surprisingly despite all the performance upgrades the GTO option offered it retained the standard Tempest drum brakes.

Chevrolet Corvette, Danville Concours d'Elegance

Jay tells me this 1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 was equipped as an SCCA racer in the 1970’s and is fitted with a 5358 cc / 327 cui small block V8.

Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, Danville Concours d'Elegance

Last of today’s featured vehicles from Danville Concours d’Elegance is this understated, sports stripe option deleted, 1970 Fathom Blue Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 which packed a 350 hp Turbo Jet big block V8 when it left the factory.

My thanks again to Jay Wollenweber for sharing his photographs with us.

Thanks for joining me on this “Land Yachts” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again for a Danville Concours d’Elegance Ferrari Friday edition tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Continental Curiosities – Danville Concour’s d’Elegance

It’s a great thrill to welcome Jay Wollenweber to ‘Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres’. Jay has been running a blog called ‘California Streets‘ since 2009 and has kindly sent me some of his photo’s from the recent Danville Concours d’Elegance and a lot of information to use in today’s “Continental Curiosities” blog.

Rolls Royce 25/30 James Young, Danville Concours d' Elegance

H Mann Esq lost an arm in the 1914/18 Great war and so when he ordered his 1937 Rolls Royce 23/30, seen above, with James Young coachwork he had the gear stick mounted on the floor in the center of the car instead of it’s usual position between the driver and the drivers door.

ALFA Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta, Danville Concours d' Elegance

Jay tells me the 1939 ALFA Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta seen above won the Best In Show Award the weekend before last, chassis #915030 also won the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1998.

Allard K2, Danville Concours d' Elegance

In 1950 Allard introduced the K2 to replace the side valve V8 Ford powered K1. 118 similar K2 cars were built with the very first one having an earlier K1 body fitted as part of a rush order making 119 K2’s in all. This particular car is fitted with a 5424cc / 331 cui Cadillac V8.

Bentley R-Type, Gooda Special, Danville Concours d' Elegance

The Bentley above started life as a four seat 106 mph 1954 R-Type. Chassis #B77ZX was modified for competition with a new coupé body by Robert Peel for Bob Gooda with the registration RG27, that number plate now hangs on a Mercedes. Brian Dumps can be seen racing the car at Silverstone in this linked photograph.

Austin Healey 100/6, Danville Concours d' Elegance

Above is an Austin Healey 100/6 2+2 BN4, distinguished by the smaller distance between the rear of the cockpit and the boot / trunk lid.

Morgan +4, Danville Concours d' Elegance

In 1962 Chris Lawrence and Richard Shepherd-Barron won their class at Le Mans in a hard topped Triumph powered Morgan +4 similar to the 1962 model above.

Lotus Elan S2, Danville Concours d' Elegance

The 1965 Lotus Elan S2 was a slightly more refined, quieter and more docile, model of the first series of Elans introduced in 1962. Average Joe motorist would have been put off the fun little car by the price, if he had not one Lotus representative at the time is alleged have said “we’re in big trouble!”

Austin FX4D, Danville Concours d' Elegance

The black London Cab is an icon of London in much the same way as the bright red double deck buses and Buckingham Palace. I do not ever recall seeing one like this 1967 Austin FX4D with white wall tyres, the narrow London streets of 1967 would have made a mockery of the additional expense.

ALFA Romeo Junior Zagato, Danville Concours d' Elegance

1n 1969 Zagato began manufacturing the ALFA Romeo Junior Zagato based on a shortened 1300 GT Junior chassis pan with a steel shell, aluminium bonnet / hood and door skins. The 1972 model above appears to be one of the last of the 1,108 cars built, before production switched for 12 months to a similar but longer car built on a full length 16 GT Junior chassis of which 402 examples were built.

Rover 2000 TC, Danville Concours d' Elegance

The Rover 2000 TC above is a one owner car that has lived in San Francisco since new in 1969, you can see more photographs and find out more about this particular car on this link.

BMW 2002 Turbo, Danville Concours d' Elegance

The first patent for an exhaust driven turbocharger to force air at more than atmospheric pressure into the cylinder head of an internal combustion motor was awarded to Swiss Engineer Alfred Büchi, who was head of diesel engine research at Gebruder Sulzer, in 1905. Despite the significant increases in performance seen in both commercial diesel and piston powered aircraft. General Motors is credited with bringing turbo technology with first the Oldsmobile F85 Jetfire and a month later on Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spider in 1962. BMW was the first European manufacturer to use a turbocharger for a passenger car application in 1973, the 170 hp BMW 2002 above dates from 1975, not the reverse 2002 turbo stickers on the airdam, a crude attempt to inject the car with ‘eingebaute vorfahrt’ a ‘built in right of way’ normally the preserve in Germany for the 3 pointed star of Mercedes Benz.

Jaguar XK 140 FHC, Danville Concours d' Elegance

Finally it is always great to hear about two GALPOT regulars meeting up, especially on the far side of another continent as Jay did with Geoffrey Horton and his Jaguar XK140 FHC SE MC seen above.

My thanks to Jay Wollenweber for his photographs and the information about today’s featured cars. More of Jay’s photographs will feature in tomorrow’s Americana blog while Geoffrey’s photographs will feature on Ferrari Friday’s blog.

Thanks for joining me on this ‘Continental Curiosities’ edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !