Did you know that there are only four manufacturers who can lay claim to exhibiting at both the inaugural Melbourne Motor Show in 1925, and the upcoming 2009 Show? Ford, Peugeot, Renault and Bentley.
At the 1925 Motor Show, Bentley had four 3 Litres in various body styles exhibited by its local agent Brodribb Bros. This year, it will pack four Continentals onto its stand, featuring three body styles and two levels of performance.
Specifically, they will be the Continental Flying Spur Speed four-door and Continental GT Speed coupe, the newest, hi-po variants of the Continental line. For those who prefer their Continentals a fraction less sedate, there will also be two examples of the Continental GTC convertible.
For the Continental Flying Spur Speed, Bentley has increased the output of the 6.0 litre engine to 449kW and 750Nm. The big Bentley will belt from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 322 km/h.
If you?re in the market, a Flying Spur Speed will set you back just over $400,000, with standard equipment including five-ply, noise-dampening window glass, 20-inch alloy wheels, lambswool floor mats, a Breitling clock and rear picnic tables with integrated mirror and lights.
Bentley views the massive price as a positive, stating that the ?Imposing performance and price were Bentley hallmarks from its earliest days...?
To celebrate those early days, Bentley has been honoured by the selection of a 1930 Bentley Speed Six for the 75th Melbourne Motor Show Historic Tribute display.
The Speed Six is owned by Melbourne car enthusiast and Bentley distributor Lance Dixon.