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1937 Bentley (2)

By PhilT2
The Derby-built Bentley was once owned and driven by the world land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell.
Campbell bought the Bentley in February 1949. At that time, it was silver in colour – despite originally being black. The famous water and land speed record breaker owned many vehicles during his lifetime and many of them were painted in the distinctive Bluebird Blue colour.
Records show he only kept this vehicle for just under a year.
The next owner kept it for 37 years and it was then kept in storage for several years before the museum purchased it.
During the comprehensive restoration it was decided to paint the Bentley in the striking Bluebird Blue and – if you have a close look – you will see an appropriate radiator mascot was also fitted.
It has a straight six 4410cc engine.

Tags: Transport Bentley Donald campbell Lakeland Motor Museum

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Comments


7 Oct 2022 12:20PM
Very fine image, thanks for the interesting info. Quite a muscle-car with 4,5 litre engine.

Dave.
7 Oct 2022 12:20PM
As I've said before, sometimes adding to or leaving one colour in an image has been done to death when it was ultra ultra fashionable in the pages of photographic magazines. Now it is more of a rarity and this is an example where the colour of the car sings out. It is a gorgeous shade of blue, one which some Kodak emulsions would have added an extra punch.

I like the treatment. I like the colour. It's also got that little extra je ne sais quoi.

Tim
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
7 Oct 2022 12:44PM
A beautiful old motor, well captured and presented here, Phil 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀
davyskid 5 2 Scotland
7 Oct 2022 1:31PM
Stunning set super processing Phil. Wink
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
7 Oct 2022 2:35PM
Find the blue a little garish, but can see why.. good set😁
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
7 Oct 2022 2:43PM
What a stunning colour, with a 4 litre engine, it would certainly stand out in the crowd! Nice set, Phil, of the Bentley in all its glory!
Ian
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
7 Oct 2022 5:00PM
Wonderful blue!
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2022 5:22PM
What a beautiful old car
Ju

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