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.