One of 200 homologation specials is to go under the hammer, and it’s all sorts of 1980s brilliant
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Bentley Conti GT news - Geneva show: Bentley Flying Star by Touring Superleggera - 2010
We love this
thing. It’s a Bentley Conti GT with a new ‘shooting brake’ hatchback body by Touring
Superleggera. It’s a car in the proper Italian coachbuilding tradition, a
one-off commission for a client who’s obviously got as much money as he has
If you’re in that position, they’ll build
one for you too.
And in case you fear it’s just a DIY
lash-up, note that Bentley was involved in making sure the quality was up to
snuff. That’s why it let Touring use the B-word.
At the show, we were standing staring
weak-kneed at the thing when VW’s head of engineering Ulrich Eichhorn ambled
by. We asked him what he thought and he smiled and showed us several of its
best features. Yes, he’s a fan too.
Later we bumped into Rolls-Royce’s design
mainman Ian Cameron and asked him if he’d seen anything he liked at the show.
Top of his list, too, was the same Touring Bentley.
What higher praise?
Paul Horrell, Consultant Editor of Top Gear magazine