Home » For Sale »Weekend Edition » Currently Reading:

Lost Cause Weekend – So, you want to restore the Bentley or Rolls-Royce of your dreams…

Jim Brennan November 17, 2012 For Sale, Weekend Edition 18 Comments

Continuing on with our Lost Cause Weekend, where we examine the reasonably priced collector cars offered by the Beverly Hills Car Club. With the name Beverly Hill, you would expect to see more than a few classic Bentleys and Rollers in their inventory, and you would be correct. Some of the cars actually look pretty good, but there are others….

This is a 1956 Bentley S1 RHD, and at first glance, it actually looks great. Dealer states that the motor actually runs, but there is no mention as to the rest of the drive-train. The body looks like it has received some attention, bu there are parts that have to be sourced, like bumpers for example. It all goes downhill when you look at the interior, with those lovely leather seats that need recovering. An interior this opulent will be expensive to restore, and it looks like the headliner will need attention, and quite possibly the wool carpets. The asking price for this classic Bentley is $10,750. See the listing here, and tell me if this is a great starting point on your high dollar restoration project.

This is a 1988 Bentley Mulsanne S, and it actually doesn’t look all that bad. According to the dealer, it is mechanically sound (whatever that means) with a good looking interior, and fairly decent paintwork. The odometer shows 158,000 miles on it, so any blemishes are forgivable. The asking price for this Bentley is $6,950. One has to ask why the price is so reasonable, when clapped out Austin-Healeys command more moneyfrom the same dealer. Is this Bentley cursed? Will it’s opulence seduce you then leave you stranded whenever possible? Take a look at the listing here, and tell me what you think…

Here we have a 1967 Rolls-Royce Corniche RHD Coupe. These cars were handsome in their day, but this one needs some love. The dealer is a little mum on the mechanics, but looking at the car, it is clear that it will need major cosmetic restoration. The wood dash looks like it’s finish has seen better days, the leather is dried up, and the steering column is just a bit off (look how the transmission indicator is twisted to the left). Asking price for this rare Roller is $9,750. Take a look at the listing here, and see if this car is a Lost Cause.

This is a 1971 Rolls Royce RHD Silver Shadow, and this car actually looks decent, well at least at first glance… The finish looks like it needs help, and the interior needs new hides on the seats, but it looks like the dash was treated to some new leather, so someone started to restore this Roller at some point. As with any RHD British Import, parts for the engine and drive-train won’t interchange with North American versions, so be prepared to become friendly with your Fed-Ex delivery guy if you want to undertake this project. At least the asking price is within reality at $5,950. See the listing here and tell me what you think about this classic Rolls.

A White Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was the inevitable “Beverly Hills” car of choice during the late 70s and 80s. It was both over-the-top, in your face type of car that let the world know you had money, yet it was understated enough to show the peasants around you that you still had class. However, this particular Corniche Convertible from 1972 will need more than a face-lift to bring her back to her former glory. Replacing the triple-layer convertible top alone will cost many thousands of dollars, and that’s just the beginning. Paint, bright work, and finding a new “Spirit of Ecstasy” to replace the lost one will all consume your time and bank account. Asking price for this Steel Bumper version of this high fashion Roller is $16,750. Take a look at the listing here, and tell me is this Corniche Convertible is a Lost Cause.

Last of the Crewe Brigade, and this car is a little puzzling. First of all, the dealer states that this is a 1969 Rolls Royce Corniche, but the bumpers suggest otherwise. It could have been a late model Corniche II, as this car is not equipped with an Air Bag, but let’s stick to what the dealer claims this car is. What I know is that whatever the year, this car is a mess. It will need a whole new interior, maybe a new top, the body will need major surgery. And that’s before you even tackle the expected engine and suspension work that this car will need. Asking price for this Nightmare is $15,750. Pronounce this car as a Lost Cause or not after looking at the listing here.

Which of these classic Rolls-Royce or Bentley Models would you dive into your own Project Car Hell?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
  • $kaycog

    I'll pass on those Bentleys and Rolls Royces, but I cast my vote for this Rolls Royce.

    <img src="http://www.speedtrix1.com/images/580_roll_blower.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • 68monk

      My first instinct when seeing the 56 was… that it would make a great rat rod. Is that so wrong?

  • Yuck! Why would anyone do that to a nice Rolls?

  • Spring-heeled Jack

    For some reason I'm thinking diesel engine transplant in all but the '88. Maybe dodge Cummins?

    • Joe Dunlap

      Not me baby. Im thinking Prius drivetrain. Make that ghost even quieter on that cruise down Sunset Blvd. 🙂

  • Devin

    '70s Rollers aren't even worth very much in decent shape, are they?

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    The Mulsanne gets closest to the one I'd pay my own money for, that being a Turbo R from the early-90's.

    Sure, it'd be sitting at the gasoline pump more than on the road, but I still like it.

    Just…just look at it!

  • NoKetchup

    the last thing I need in life is a restoration project where every aspect of the fit and finish is such a high level of scrutiny to be considered "road worthy". Ya sure, I posses the rare ability of being able to address the woodworking and some of the leather, but even that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    This isn't a Fiero where you can ride it around in any condition, its either concourse level or its a pass. DO NOT WANT!

  • Jamie Farr's white Rolls in Cannonball Run cemented my love for these cars.

    A friend had one of 1970s vintage. I vaguely recall him telling me that the fuses were made of gold. Is that right?

  • I think the Corniche would suit my Bo Derek stalking needs quite nicely.

    <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i019330.jpg&quot; width="400">

  • racer139

    Autocross……. That 67 is screaming(at least in my ear) 5.0 coyote with some kind of forced induction and some sort of manual trans. gut the wrecked interior and put in the proper rugs and wood trim around a full cage and some low backed race seat (covered in nice hide of course) some much stiffer suspension and 17 or 18 inch wheels that match the car and a pearlescent silver paint job and there ya have it "luxocross" rolls.

  • TheTurboFridge

    I've had the privilege of driving a Corniche coupe and convertible around.

    The only thing I remember about them is that an infant could steer the car due to the strength of the power steering, and that the reputation of cars like this having doors that sound like a bank vault door closing, is justified.

  • nasalgoat

    I kinda like that '88. I bet it would be an interesting daily driver.

  • devgchr

    I'll take the Corniche and swap in a bridgeported 13b.

  • lilpoindexter

    The '67 Coupe looks badass…with a LS1 and T56 swapped in…hells yeah

  • Van_Sarockin

    Older is better. And the newer ones just plain suck: They just look like Checkers that got a starch and press at the dry cleaners.

  • These are supposed to be British luxury cars? Do they even have talking digital dashes? No, they do not. I'll stick with my Austin Maestro Vanden Plas, thanks all the same.

  • sporty88au

    I'm looking quite lustfully at that white Corniche convertible. I'd fix the top, throw some Mexican blanket seat covers on it, find some kind of suitably silly hood ornament (my first thought was Mr Hankey from South Park – call it the "Spirit of Excrement"), and see how many apoplectic fits I can induce at the next Rolls Royce owners club meeting. Rat-look Roller FTW!