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Bentley Six-Cylinder Models in Detail: 6 1/2-Litre, Speed Six, 8-Litre & 4-Litre, 1926-31 [Hardcover]

James Taylor
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22 Nov 2012 In Detail
WO Bentley had launched his first model, the four-cylinder 3 Litre, in 1921, as a sporting car for the discerning driver, intending that it should provide 80mph performance, with exceptional reliability founded on the quality of its engineering and construction. All cars even came with a five-year guarantee. It quickly became the favourite of wealthy young sportsmen and, to prove a point, 3-litres won at Le Mans in 1924 and 1927. This book looks in detail at Bentley's 1925 creation, the six-cylinder 61/2-litre, the 1928 Speed Six version and the 1931 supercar, the enormous, handsome and expensive 8-litre - one of motoring's immortal legends. Outstanding examples of all the models have been photographed specially for this book and are featured in detail in some 150 colour shots. There are also more than 150 black-and-white photographs drawn from archive sources.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd; First Edition edition (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906133425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906133429
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Taylor is a well-known writer in various automotive fields, and Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars - particularly those covered in this book - are a special interest. Highly respected for the meticulous research he brings to his work, he has written over 80 books. Some of his books have appeared in foreign languages, and his own linguistic ability has seen him translate other books from German and French. He lives in rural Oxfordshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable and Good Value 5 Feb 2013
By P. H. Cartwright VINE VOICE
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Why would anybody in the 21st century be remotely interested in the activities and products of a long-defunct car manufacturer? They only built 6 cars a week for ten years, never made a profit and finally went hopelessly bust over 80 years ago. However, the car company in question was Bentley Motors, whose very British cars took on the might of the motor industries of France, Germany and the USA to win the Le Mans 24 hour race 5 times in 7 years. Their racing drivers - the "Bentley Boys" - were a bunch of harum-scarum high livers whose exploits off the track were as sensational as on. Their customers were the elite of Society who could only afford the best. The romance lingers on from the "roaring twenties".

The cars themselves were a mixture of very conservative and very advanced engineering. The engines were very large, very low-revving, low compression and unstressed, but, but with the exception of the Four Litre, they had 4 valves per cylinder in bathtub combustion chambers, those valves driven by an overhead camshaft, a very modern recipe. They were the first British manufacturer to use hypoid gears in the back axle. Chassis were massive and correspondingly heavy. The cars were built to last, were given a 5-year guarantee by the factory and a high proportion have survived. There are probably more 1920s Bentleys running today than mass-produced Austins and Morrises of the same decade.

To write a new book about these cars is a daunting task - what possibly new is there to say? The cars have had a dedicated following for years and historians have dug up vast amounts of detail and committed them to paper.
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Over a number of years I've collected seven books in this series and this one sustains the excellent quality that is expected. Following a brief company history each model is taken in turn. In addition to the text there are tabulated chassis number sequences and technical lists along with hundreds of superb photographs.

The text gives details of technical design and the accompanying chassis photos help the reader make sense of these descriptions. Chassis development 'year by year' is then given. For each model there's a section on driving the cars. These accounts rely heavily on contemporary 'Autocar' and 'Motor' road tests- though actually I'd prefer to just read the original tests. There is not a lot of performance data, really just touring and probable maximum speeds, but not a lot was recorded about that before 1932. Racing occupies just 15 pages, which suites me very well though some would want rather more.

The short last chapter concentrates on laterday specials, like the Barnato Hassan and Forrest Lycett, but there's nothing much about what the big Bentleys are really like to drive and own today- not that I could possibly afford one! There is however a 1989 report from Tom Trelfall on the four litre which makes interesting reading. I was secretly hoping for a reassessment of this model but the views given are conventional. The 4 litre is described as being 'good solid vintage transport'- though since it was not designed to be a vintage Bentley then, as Mr Thretfall observed, complaining that it isn't one is 'rather like blaming your labrador for not being a greyhound'. Whilst the debate here is whether or not this much maligned car would get above 80mph, in 1931 its real competitor, the Rolls Royce 20/ 25, was still struggling to reach 70.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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my other half loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 May 2013
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My review of the "Bentley Four-cylinder Models in Detail: 3-Litre, 4 1/2-Litre and 4 1/2-Litre Supercharged, 1921-1930"
book covers this also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bentley Six Cylinder Cars in Detail 24 Mar 2013
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A superb book chronicling the six cylinder models from Bently in grest detail. Love the pictures and the info this book provides. Am no able to understand these cars much better and appreciate them for what they are
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