Bentley Embiricos returns to its roots, visits the Crewe factory from where it rolled out during the 1930s.
One of the rarest Bentleys ever made, the 4 ¼-liter Embiricos, has made a visit at the company’s home in Crewe. The car was manufactured during the 30s when Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce and it was commissioned by Andre Embiricios, a wealthy Greek racing driver that was living at that time in Paris. He collaborated with a designer working for coachbuilders Pourtout Carrossier and the end result is this aerodynamic and sleek body.
The Bentley Embiricos managed to hit a top speed of 114.64 mph (184.5 km/h) at Brooklands, while the owner drove it on a daily basis as a road car. It was sold later on in 1939 to H.S.F who took it to three 24-hour Le Mans races after WW II, managing to finish on the sixth spot during the 1949 edition.
Despite the fact that it was a one-off, this model inspired the British automaker to adopt more streamlined style for upcoming models. In 1939, a Bentley designer by the name of Ivan Evernden teamed up with Paulin for creating a Mark V prototype named Corniche, which unfortunately was destroyed during WW II. Another model inspired from the Embiricos was the 1952 Type R Continental, while Bentley is saying that even today’s Continental GT Coupe has borrowed some styling cues from the Embiricos.
Full details about the car in the press release below.