A one-off Bentley that was blown up at the start of WW2 has been painstakingly recreated by Bentley’s Mulliner workshop as part of the marque’s centenary celebrations.
The 1939 Bentley Corniche was a prototype produced for a private commission and based on a 4¼ Litre chassis. It underwent 15,000 miles of endurance testing but was sadly destroyed in a bombing raid in France before it had a chance to enter production.
A plan to rebuild it was first mooted back in 2001 and now, finally, the project is complete – with the reconstructed beauty due to make its debut next month at the Salon Privé show in Oxfordshire.
With radical, streamlined styling, complex curves, and a pillarless body with front- and rear-hinged doors, the Corniche was an other-worldly creation in ’30s Britain.
It was the result of a commission by famous Greek racer André Embiricos for a sporting Bentley, based on the old 4¼ Litre chassis and was designed by Georges Paulin of coachbuilders Pourtout, with Carrosserie Vanvooren in Paris crafting the body.