First Speed Six in 93 Years
The first Speed Six built in 93 years will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. The Speed Six is Bentley’s most successful race car and arguably one of the most significant Bentleys ever built. The Speed Six Car Zero will be used in a development program to test real-world durability and track performance before Bentley builds the 12 customer cars, all of which have already sold.
This is the second Continuation Series of a pre-war model by Mulliner, after the Blower Continuation Series. A great deal of research was performed to ensure the Speed Six is built as authentically as possible, focusing on the specification and setup the original cars used in the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans. Original drawings and original mechanic’s notes were used to detail changes between the cars that competed in the 1929 and 1930 races.
Speed Six Car Zero, finished in Parsons Napier Green with a Tan leather interior, was built over the past 10 months and was driven in part by the desire to develop and retain both modern and traditional coachbuilding techniques. The finished car was built and trimmed entirely in Bentley’s Dream Factory, in the Mulliner workshop.