This Bentley Speed Six, a marvel of British engineering from 1930, was restored to its glory in honor of the legendary 1930 Bentley ‘Blue Train’. In 1930, British motor company Rover advertised that it beat the world-famous ‘Train Bleu’, a luxury express train, designed to take British aristocrats and celebrities from Calais to the French Riviera.Originally, the Bentley Speed Six was introduced in 1928 as a more sporting version of the Bentley 61Ž2 litre.The vehicle’s interior is made of red leather, velvet carpeting, and walnut trimmingsFollowing the advertisement, Captain Joel Woolf Babe Barnato, a British playboy millionaire and chairman of Bentley,wagered £100 that his Bentley Speed Six could beat the train as well. (Back in 1930, the average annual income in the UK was £165)
The Bentley Speed Six was first introduced in 1928 as a sporty version of the Bentley 61Ž2 litre.They were produced until 1930, when a new model took its place
The original version also had a champagne and crystal glass holder, but no seat belts.Despite being off to a bad start, Barnato managed to beat the train by a few minutes, but when the French authorities got wind of his exploits, he was charged with illegal racing and paid a hefty fine.The story became infamous and the Speed Six became a legendary vehicle
The engine was restored to perfect running order, using original and custom-parts
The “boot” (trunk…. and this shows how it got it’s name and why it is so named) of the car holds a beautiful surprise as well. A fancy tool organizer, recreated according to the original specs
The toolbox folds up to reveal a red velvet trunk, with ample room for the discerning 1930’s man of wealth.
The Blue Train version produced 200 hp, reached a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph), and won the 24 Hour of Le Mans race in 1929 and 1930. In both races, the driver was none other than Barnato – the Chairman of Bentley Motors.