The Queen of England may not have the power that she once had, but she certainly remains a powerful figure in the hearts of all British folks. On June 2, 2012 the Queen celebrated her 60th year on the throne, which brought about a celebration dubbed the Diamond Jubilee – “Diamond” indicates 60 years, for those wondering.
In the festivities, the Queen was spotted riding around in a rather luxurious automobile that one of our readers keenly pointed out is either a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, and he turned to us for help identifying the car and telling him a little about it. Figuring he is not the only person interested in the topic, we felt that a full-on review was in order.
As it turns out, after a good amount of research, we have found out that the queen traveled around in the Jubilee in a 2002 Bentley State Limousine. This is no typical Bentley limo either, as it is fit for a… Well, Queen, of course!
Click past the jump to read our full review of the Queen’s ride.
In recent times Bentley has found the most success through its Continental GT model. It has become an icon of wealth and prestige with everyone from musical artists to major league sports stars. The car became so popular that in some instances it doesn’t even seem that special anymore. Bentley helped to keep things fresh by introducing the Speed models, but in order to truly stand out customization is needed. One such baseball athlete has just received one of the most unique Bentleys we have ever seen thanks to a tuning shop in Miami, Florida.
The MC Customs shop in collaboration with Savini wheels has come together to make the most aggressive Bentley on the streets for MLB pitcher Carlos Silva. The first thing the company did was add a widebody kit to the car. It included a lower front fascia with revised air inlets on the wheel arches that gives the car a stance close to the ground. On the sides, lower rocker panels flow into large vents placed in front of the rear wheels. Taking a page out of Cadillac’s playbook is the central exhaust pipes finished in rectangular chrome tips. MC Customs also included a rear wing that flows with the contours on the hood of the trunk and rear fender panels. It fits in with the elegant shape of the Bentley more than most standard wings would.
More details after the jump.
BMW had their Art Cars and Mini has specialty celebrity designed automobiles, but Bentley decided to take things a step further and recruit contemporary artist Romero Britto to create the centerpiece for their “Come to my world” exhibition in Germany. The English automaker provided Mr. Britto with a Continental GT as a canvas, prepared with a Bentley Blue base coat for the South Florida artist to get to work.
The car is covered in colorful, comic-like figures featuring a large multi colored flower on the hood, winged heart on the driver’s door, ladybug inspired door mirrors and a few orange and purple stars. The negative space is covered with Britto’s recognizable signature, similar to the mathematical symbol for pi; it is consists of a “T” followed by a squiggly line that sometimes goes down like a backwards “J” and other times is just a continuation of the character before it. The entire feeling of this piece of 200 MPH artwork is that it is as playful as the GT is fun to drive.
Press release after the jump.