Friday, April 25, 2014

Oldie but Goodie: Bentley Blue Train Special

Having a difficult time carving out time these days to do new work so I thought I'd do another repost. Bear with me please!  Above, one of my earliest chops, 2006, a Bentley Blue Train coupe. Meant to evoke the fabulous Bentley Boys of the early part of the 20th century, my flagship coupe uses retro cues in a modern way. Although the technicality of these two renderings is flawed, I still like the designs quite a bit.

Using a name from Facel-Vega's history, the Excellence is a perfect range-topping sedan. The rear door cutlines extend into the roof creating "ears" like the '67-'71 Thunderbird 4-door for easier entry. I scanned one of my late grandmother's bracelets to use in this "ad" much like Cadillac did in the 1950s, setting the tone for their intended audience. Again, there are many technical flaws with these early works, but I like the design.


  1. Hi CAsey,

    I remember these well from the Combustion Chamber (I think that was the name, yes? no?). I like that you reference the Facel-Vega, one of the most stylish cars ever, particularly the Excellence. You probably are aware that there was talk about adapting FVs to be Packards. I'm sure Mercedes-Benz probably put the kibbosh on that, though it certainly wouldn't have been much competition for them!

    A Facel-Vega with Packard's torsion bar suspension and the 374 cubic inch V8 and ultramatic, would have been spectacular but like as not unsuccessful!

    But all that aside, these Bentleys are lovely and it's nice to see them again.

    Paul, NYC

  2. A very nice car. No, it is not a car, it is a Bentley ;-) Best regards and go on with this blog from Stella