Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Bob's Cool Car in Color ... Even Cooler!

Nifty photo.  Nifty auto.  The driver is nifty, too.  I'm guessing it's September, 1935.  Bob had his new toy shipped to the U.S. from Britain that month, and I doubt he waited very long to take it to "work" to show it off to his co-workers.  For the record, this is Bob's 1935 Bentley 3-1/2 litre lightweight Tourer by Vanden Plas.  Otherwise known as a nifty auto ...

I like how the shade is making the car look like it's a rather dark color, whereas it looks quite light in the first photo.  What I do know is Bob's sunglasses are the perfect accessory for his sports car driving attire.  And the white shoes, of course.  

I'm terrible at describing colors ... but this photo of the Bentley shows it to be a metallic green/slate/maybe blue color.  Looks great with the dark blue top and red interior.  

This side view photo looks like it's a dirty green with blue front fenders!  Actually, the dirty green is a reflection of the red brick in the courtyard.  The photographer for the c. 1990s display ad was not quite the artist as was the photographer who took the first photo.  For sure.   

 There has been a change to the car, for safety concerns I'd guess.  In the first photo you'll see two small separate windshields which can be flipped down, as they are in the second photo.  Photos 3 and 4 show one stationary windshield.  Good idea. 


Allison said...

It would be fun to drive in once. We got to ride in an old car, I think a Model T, when I was a little kid at a family reunion and it was pretty cool.

Kathy said...

Well, there was a bit of an upgrade between a Model T and Bob's Bentley, but both would be great rides. But not to drive. I could handle the Bentley's 4 speed manual transmission (sort of), but the thought of driving around in the U.S. with the steering column on the ride side is downright terrifying to me! Bob was in England so often that he had his own cars there, including a Rolls Royce (of course), so he had practice at driving on the left side of the road, but then to drive on the right side of the road in the U.S. with right side steering ... how confusing can it get!