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Old 12th June 2017, 17:05   #346
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Not sure if covered in this thread earlier - 1946 Bentley Standard Steel saloon, chassis #B42AK. Originally light grey, then maroon, and now silver and metallic blue. Originally Baroda, later Powwalla family, and presently Naresh Kotak.

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Lovely pics, Karl; and thanks for the history. Chassis number should be 194AK

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Lovely pics, Karl; and thanks for the history. Chassis number should be 194AK
Of course, completely my mistake, I was still oggling at B42AK in the previous post. Never thought a humble Mark VI could look so exquisite!
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A few more of the ex-Baroda Mk VI; Chassis B42AK
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It's a Bentley - should be around 1935/36 . Whether a 4 1/4 or 3.5 not sure . Belongs to a Calcutta business man and restored and body modified by Mr Tutu DHAWAN.
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Hi everyone! Is this is the same person from Calcutta who owns the ex-Pataudi XK-140? Or is that a different collector? If I remember correctly, the same person used to own a 1926 Lancia Lambda in Calcutta. Had seen back in 2004-05 in Calcutta when it was in a shade of white.

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A birds eye view of the Baroda Bentley Mk VI, chassis B30AK
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hey guys. anyone here know or have any information on a 4 1/4 Bentley with chassis number B126HK? i have a rather beautiful photograph of the car taken at Jack Barclay at the time. it looks like a James Young coachwork (minus optional fitted trunk). in fact, it looks a very similar to the ex-Nabha 4 1/4 MX (before the body altered), hence why i thought James Young. also, Jack Barclay owned James Young by that time and typically advertised more of their coachwork.
my second guess wold be a Thrupp & Marbley coach, primarily because James Young and Thrupp & Marbley sedancas looked very similar and tended to have the spare on the side rather than at the back like Gurney Nutting.
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hey guys. anyone here know or have any information on a 4 1/4 Bentley with chassis number B126HK? i have a rather beautiful photograph of the car taken at Jack Barclay at the time.
B126HK was a 4 1/4 Litre, possibly James Young.

Interestingly, the background on the photo looks more like India (or somewhere tropical) than Jack Barclay / London. Perhaps, Burma or Thailand too.

There also seems to be a crest or monogram on the door.

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Hey travancore, sorry, that was a typo. I meant "by Jack Barclay" not "at". So the location of the car during the time may as well not be in London.

I just wanted to know if anyone definitively knows the coachbuilder. like I said, this was effectively the coachwork on the ex-Nabha MX with a sedanca 3-position roof.

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Hey travancore, sorry, that was a typo. I meant "by Jack Barclay" not "at". So the location of the car during the time may as well not be in London.

I just wanted to know if anyone definitively knows the coachbuilder. like I said, this was effectively the coachwork on the ex-Nabha MX with a sedanca 3-position roof.
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"#B126HK 4 1/4 litre Parallel door Drop Head Coupe by James Young was on the 1936 London Motor Show, of which I have no pictures.(shown in Ivory with Red hide),shown post war in a London Mews and two very small pictures of the car as it looks today."

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"#B126HK 4 1/4 litre Parallel door Drop Head Coupe by James Young was on the 1936 London Motor Show, of which I have no pictures.(shown in Ivory with Red hide),shown post war in a London Mews and two very small pictures of the car as it looks today."
Nice! Thanks for that! Turns out to be a much more unique car with the those James Young patented sliding doors. Was expecting it to be unique in some way given how its the car Jack Barclay chose to advertise.
A lot of people might recognise the sliding doors on the famous Andre Doubonnet Hispano Xenia and think it was radical for 1938. But in fact, James Young had that patented as early as 1934.

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I just found something that was quite fascinating and make one of the Indian Bentley's more unique and confirmed one of my hunches for quite a while.

I always thought there was a great degree of similarity between some coach designs of James Young and Gurney Nutting, mostly after 1936. That is because the lead coach designer at Gurney Nutting, Mr. A.F. McNeil left for James Young shortly after they were acquired by Jack Barclay.

Now here is the really interesting part- soon after joining, McNeil came up with the design of a Sedanca Coupe with a 3-position roof. Only 3 Derby Bentleys were ever fitted with this body, and they were all from the 'MR/MX Overdrive' series. These 3 cars were chassis numbers B72MR, B86MR and B97MX.

B97MX is the ex-Nabha car, which sports a different rear end at the moment from the original. I believe its in Delhi.

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Saw this gorgeous Bentley S1 yesterday at a popular breakfast cafe on the Gurgaon - Faridabad Road near Gwalpahari. Looks like a freshly restored late-50s Continental Type S1 coachbuilt by H. J. Mulliner & Co.
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Here is a lovely picture of Jaipur Bentley #B45MX

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Yesterday 10th July 2019, marked the centenary of this great marque.

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100 YEARS

On 10 July 2019, Bentley reached its Centenary, an achievement most definitely worth celebrating. From the very first prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of motoring.

W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in order to “build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. That desire has remained at the heart of Bentley’s vision ever since.

From the original 3 Litre right through to the incredibly powerful and refined cars of the modern era, Bentley’s extraordinary cars have always been designed and built by exceptional people. Today, every car is made at the Bentley factory in Crewe, in the north-west of England, by a team of over 4,000 highly skilled men and women.

It’s not just the team at Crewe that makes Bentley so extraordinary. Bentley drivers have always helped take our cars to ever greater heights, beginning with the high-spirited Bentley Boys and Bentley Girls of the 1920s and continuing through to the visionary Bentley owners of today.
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I am re-posting a picture of the Jaipur Bentley, seen with this great car is HH the Late Rajmata Gayatri devi of Jaipur and her chauffer "Kaalu Singh" from Isarda thikana.

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