Tuesday, May 18

the life of ian fleming

-via Life.

Would love to see them bring back the supercharged Blower Bentley to the current Bonds.
A 1954 Continental Bentley with the "R" type chassis, the big 6 engine and a 13:40 back-axle ratio. Against the advice of Rolls-Royce, Bond had fitted an Arnott supercharger controlled by a magnetic clutch. Rolls said the crankshaft bearings wouldn't take the strain and withdrew their guarantee. -OHMSS

The rest of the blunt end is all knife-edged, rather ugly, boot. The long, grey nose is topped by a big hexagonal silver bolt instead of the winged "B". The paint is rough, not gloss, battleship grey and the upholstery black morocco. -Thunderball