British Cars: Rolls Royce and Bentley


I have 5 models of Rolls Royce and Bentley combined. Two Lledo models: a 1930 Bentley 4.5l Supercharged (found at the Wigginton Boot sale in England) and a pale blue 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (found at Drybridge market in Tbilisi). Two Matchbox models: a 1912 Rolls Royce and a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Perhaps it is fitting that of the five models I have, the only one not “Made in England” is the new 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible (1:38 Scale) this is modelled by Kinsmart in China.

It is difficult to know nowadays what is a “British Car” many manufacturers from Japan and the US have factories in Britain, making Ford, Nissan, Honda, GM (Vauxhall) etc… Also many “British” car manufacturers have been bought by overseas concerns…Jaguar and Land Rover are now part of Tata (India), Bentley is part of VW,  Lotus is owned by DRB Hicom (Malaysia) etc…

When I was a child there were several different British Car makes (Hillman, Singer, Austin, Morris, Jensen, Triumph, Daimler etc…), which now sadly have disappeared.

Rolls Royce and Bentley were the prestigious end of the British Car market. A sign of wealth and prestige. Costing as much as a small house to buy new.


My Matchbox Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (scale 1:67). This is with the pre-Superfast wheels. I had a similar on in my childhood but that one was squashed by a real car when in was playing in the street in Windsor. Made in England.

Bentley is now owned by VW and Rolls Royce by BMW.


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