Craigslist: Bentley Continental R Replica Might Fool Many

Bentley Continental replica front
Each February I go to Palm Beach, that’s in Florida for you Geographically-challenged, with my wife and kids to thaw out from the northeast winter. While my in-laws take the kids to the beach, my wife and I go for a run around the island. We usually split up because a) I can’t keep up with her, and b) I stop every ten feet to take a picture of some car. One of the cars I saw this year was a Bentley Continental R with Washington D.C. plates of the “taxation without representation” kind. Cute.
The plate was cute, but not the car. The car was huge, even by modern day huge car standards. It was also handsome, graceful, and not exotic car flashy. It was confident, rich, and it was telling others that it doesn’t give a fuck. It wasn’t a veedub with lipstick like the current run of Bentley Continentals. It was the kind of a car that we will see at concours shows in thirty years or so, and will spend a few minutes absorbing it.

Bentley Continental replica rear
It should be no surprise then that some people who cannot afford a real Bentley Continental R, but really want one, would attempt to make one themselves. And someone did. And it’s an Oldsmobile. And, of course, it’s on Craigslist.
From the ad:

Bentley Continental replica$10995 (irmo)

Bentley continental replica in great shape. contact for details. The kit for this car was over 15,000.
The car is on a 1991 oldmobile cutlass frame that was customized for this kit
Mileage is un known.
Car drive and handles great and is fully loaded.

Bentley Continental replica rear taillight
It actually looks kind of good from about a hundred feet away. There are two pictures of the interior and it looks like good amount was spent on the timber there. The seats looks good-ish, for a replica, too! Wheels are almost period correct, although the off-set seems way off. And then they completely dropped the ball on the taillights. I mean, what the hell happened there?
Under the hood is the not-so-mighty 3400 SFI. The ad says that it is from a 1991 Oldsmobile, but that looks like a Gen III engine, which came out in 1993. I would be shocked if the maker/seller of this fine automobile would not know the details of the chassis that they used.Bentley Continental replica dash
Coach building at its finest, as my friend called it. What really blows my mind about replica cars is how many of them there actually are. Yes, I do think it is completely stupid to build replicas like that, but this also tells me that since so many are made, there are even dumber people who are actually buying them!
Bentley Continental replica engine
Bentley Continental replica seats
Hat tip to our man Bozi!

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  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    “Fully loaded” – with what?

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Johnny Manziel, where are you?

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      nah man, that’s powder. at 11k for a 93 Cutlass, we’re definitely talking rocks.

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        100% pure, uncut baby laxative.

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    Rear lights are truly a half-price day at junkyard special. Reminds me of Murilee’s junkyard boombox.
    After all that bother to make thing quite a Bentley looking, the kit maker probably imagined something more suitable for lights, would be great to know what exactly.

  3. Manic_King Avatar

    Went to check what real Bentleys are available for approx the same price and found this “riced” one for double the price of that replica (there were much cheaper ones too but this looks just so stupid):$T2eC16FHJHgE9n0yDjgwBQI5MG,uHg~~/$_57.JPG

    1. AlexG55 Avatar

      Probably belonged to a football player, especially given that it’s in Mönchengladbach which is home to one of the top Bundesliga teams.

      1. Manic_King Avatar

        Not sure what sports they have in Schwerin, but wheels on that car def. are a _ball player specials, too.|as

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Whaaat? That’s my hometown, capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. I was at a game that the local team lost 0:5 against Bayern München, but I didn’t see a single goal. My crush was sitting right next to me.
          And, yes, those wheels are awful. There used to be close to zero capital in the area, odd find.

          1. Manic_King Avatar

            Our hometowns are sister cities btw. In soviet times we had quite well regarded cafe called Schwerin, attached to a strip mall in the middle of first area of 5- story concrete apartment buildings in Tallinn. Not sure if they had German dishes on the menu though. All is left of it are those pins one could buy for collection.

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            This is amazing. And here we are meeting in an American/international forum for odd cars…small world. I used to take the tram past this one on the way to school:
            If we ever make it to Tallinn, I’ll let you know! 🙂

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      This is really nice.

    2. CraigSu Avatar

      Wow. Only 416 km. For 149,000 euros.

  4. tonyola Avatar

    And once again everything old becomes new – presenting the 1976 Custom Cloud.

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      Looks like the donor was a Chevy Monte Carlo? Something about the line on that landau roof has me unconvinced though.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        Yes, the donor car was a Monte Carlo.

      2. dukeisduke Avatar

        Looks like something in a cartoon show.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          …desperately trying to be serious, but that just doesn’t work for a cartoon character.

    2. LeaksOil Avatar

      Ah, can’t unsee…whatever that thing is/was/is supposed to be is hideous

  5. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Older Bentleys are ginormous. But the Chrysler 300 is much more convincing than this. Still, there’s lots worse body kits rolling around out there. Maybe you can claim it’s legit after all, since RR used those Turbohydramatics.

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