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Bentley cars are always “classics”!
Hi, the R4 was personally important for many, being their first car.... Important? Well, it is to me since it's what I learned to drive in, although that one was a TL rather than the upmarket GTL version shown here!
Rare anywhere: if only because they were terrible rust buckets. In the late 1960s there was one that was often parked near a friend's place in North London. It became something of a running joke for us to "measure" the progress of the rust up the wings.Hi, rare here
it must be difficult to keep them running in Germany ... ---
It was only the Tiger that was a V8 though. The standard model had the 1725cc engine from the Hillman Hunter/Sunbeam Rapier with twin SU carbs (from the Hunter GT & Singer Vogue). I did see one once with a Holbay and twin DCOE 40's taken from the H120.Mechanically, they're pretty simple - Ford V8 in front of a Ford gearbox but, as you say, they rusted badly (or well [from a tinworm's PoV!!!]). There are a few Alpine specialist suppliers here but I can't imagine that body panels are cheap since it appears that they are made to order or in small batches.