First Edition. Signed by Author. A SUPERIOR copy. All car enthusiasts know, or think they know, what a vintage Bentley should look like. It should have a four-seater tourer body, and should be painted British Racing Green. But Bentleys weren’t always like that. When these cars were new, other types of body by many different coachbuilders – saloons, limousines, fixed-head coupes, landaulets, cabriolets, drophead coupes, sedancas de ville – outnumbered the tourers and sports models. Sadly, these were the bodies which were the first to be scrapped, even though their chassis were often saved. This book uses over 200 contemporary black-and-white illustrations and some 50 specially-shot color photographs to tell the story of Bentley coachwork during the 1920s, and up to 1931 when the company went into receivership. Each of the three classes of coachwork – saloons and limousines, drophead coupes, and tourers – is traced as it evolved through that exciting decade. Price clipped, pp. 160 illusts #0818
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