The Long-Lost Bentley Corniche Prototype Was Crashed, Bombed, Then Lost. Now It’s Been Resurrected At The Factory - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

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The Long-Lost Bentley Corniche Prototype Was Crashed, Bombed, Then Lost. Now It’s Been Resurrected At The Factory



In 1939, the Corniche was the planned sporting version of the new MkV saloon, and it’s still counted as the missing link between traditional pre-war Bentleys and the swoopy R Type Continentals of the 1950s—which inspired the current Continental GT. But it had a short and remarkably unfortunate life…

The prototype Corniche was built using a lightweight version of the Mk5 chassis and a tuned MkV engine. In early tests it achieved 111mph at Brooklands, which was a big improvement on previous models. Its then-radical styling by Frenchman Georges Paulin was a massive departure for the company, though it had been inspired by the privately-commissioned Embiricos Bentley that preceded it.

After Brooklands, the Corniche prototype was taken to Bentley’s base in Chateauroux in France for further testing. There it was hit by a bus, and returned to coachbuilder Vanvooren in Paris. On August 8 1939 the repaired Corniche was collected by a Bentley test driver, who headed back to Chateauroux, only for a car to pull in front of him on the wet roads. The test driver swerved, missed the car, but the Corniche went off the road, hit a tree and rolled onto its side.

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