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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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January 2004 Issue
 
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Bentley
By Robert McLellan
 
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This year, the world's three most luxurious and expensive cars ever built were introduced. DaimlerChrysler's Maybach, Rolls-Royce's Phantom and Bentley's Continental GT all provide quality, advance engineering and the latest technology, but only Bentley is a sporty touring car, if not an outright sportscar.

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A 552 b.h.p. twin-turbo W-12 with all-wheel drive for $149,940 makes it the best buy of the three and the most fun. To top if all off, Bentley took first and second place at LeMans this year. And there is heritage involved. W.O. Bentley built his first Bentley in 1919 and won LeMans in 1924, 1927, 1928 and 1930.

McLellan's Automotive History is the only literature company to ever obtain all the Bentley brochures from 1919 to the present during its 44 years of collecting, buying and selling literature. Along with a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer at the company headquarters, the company archives currently exhibit a display of "Vintage Bentley" (1919-1932) brochures on their www.BDC-Texas.org web site. Also available are Bentley art and photographs, Bentley Drivers Club information and the latest information about the cars and corporate news.

In 1932 Bentley was acquired by Rolls-Royce and brochures, press kits, out-of-print books and memorabilia from the 1950s to the present (currently VW ownership) are available at:

www.mclellansautomotive.com/lit/bymake/bentley/
www.mclellansautomotive.com/lit/bymake/rollsroyce/

 
 
www.VintageBentleys.org

VintageBentleys.org is an International Owner & Club Support Organization for vintage Bentley cars. The website features photographs and information on all vintage Bentley cars (1919-1931) ever produced: 3-litre, 6½-litre, 4½-litre, 4½-litre S/C, 8-litre & 4-litre. Historical information can be searched by Chassis no., Engine no., Reg. no., Year, Model, Coachbuilder etc. Also featured: reference materials, restoration information and articles, cars for sale

 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, January 2004
 
 
 
 
 
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