Rare Bentley heads to Crewe

| 16 Aug 2012

The 4¼-Litre Bentley Embiricos special, one of the marque’s most valuable cars, will be on display at the company’s Crewe HQ until September.

The streamlined coupé came about when wealthy Greek André Embiricos, who was keen to explore the new world of aerodynamics, commissioned Carrossier Pourtout to create a new body for it. 

Designer Georges Paulin came up with the shape and the coachbuilder set about crafting it from Duralumin, an aluminium alloy.

It would go on to reach nearly 115mph at Brooklands before Embiricos sold the car in 1939 to HSF Hay, who raced it in three post-war Le Mans 24 Hours races, achieving a commendable sixth place in 1949.

“It is an honour to exhibit this unique car for the first time, thanks to the generosity of its esteemed owner," said Bentley's Richard Charlesworth. “We are looking forward to showing the Embiricos to our factory visitors, and to the public at the upcoming Windsor Castle Concours.”