If you though after the London Olympics, you have little reason to go back to England, then think again. Bentley is putting up what it describes as “one of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world”, a 4¼-Litre ‘Embiricos’ special on show at Crewe, England. Last seen at Louis Vuitton’s “Serenissima Run” at Venice followed by an appearance Bentley’s lineup at the Le Mans Classic as part of the Bentley lineup, the car will now head over to the Lineage Showroom at its Pyms Lane factory until September.
The car was a part of 1930s fast moving Grand Tourers from its Derby factory, and many customers were known to send their chassis to traditional coachbuilders including Vanden Plas, H.J. Mulliner or Park Ward for a more elegant looking car.
This baby has been named after its owner André Embiricos a wealthy Greek racer from Paris, and the coach for the vehicle has been crafted by Pourtout Carrossier. In order to keep it light, the car was done up with a fastback body with split rear window made from Duralumin, an age-hardenable aluminium alloy.
It could then hit 114.64 mph (184.5 km/h) over an hour. The car changed owners in 1939 and H.S.F. Hay who raced it in three post-war Le Mans 24-hour races, reached 6th spot in the 1949 race.