shipped in 1962 to Mrs. Ruth Greenewald in Palm Springs, this car
later turned up at Carriage House,a classic car dealer in New York,
where it was purchased by a finicky Florida collector, Edward Mestre,
in 1980. When he died in 1990, his Miami mechanic, Victor Wilbur,
bought the car from the estate. The present Houston owner bought
it sight unseen off the Internet from the mechanic in June 2000,
and is making routine mechanical repairs in anticipation of a bare-metal
respray in down the road.
February of 2002, the car was fitted with NEW twin SU carbourettors
fabricated from the original Skinners Union molds by Burlen Fuel
Systems. (See FRIENDS section.)
April, the radiator sprang a small leak (again) and the automatic
transmission failed. These events triggered massive restoration
effort under the following logic (which can only be appreciated
by car nuts). I call this the "may as well syndrome:"
you have to rebuild the transmission, then you may as well
restore the brake servo and differential, which are both loose...
you have to remove the differential, you will have to remove the
rear leaf springs, so you may as well re-tension them because
the car rides a couple inches low in the rear. At the same time,
you may as well re-bush all the rear bushings because they
have hardened over 40 years...
you are going to fix the rear springs, you may as well replace
the front coils because the car would be high in the rear otherwise...
you are going to replace the coils, you may as well restore
and rebush all the front steering components since they have to
be removed anyway to get to the coils...
you are going to fix the radiator leak, you may as well re-core
the radiator because all the expense is in getting the radiator
in and out...
you are going to remove the radiator, you may as well replace
the air conditioning condenser which has a leak. At the same time,
you may as well install an auxiliary cooling fan because
THIS IS TEXAS!...
you are going to replace the condenser, then you may as well
get a decent fan and evaporator assembly under the dash so you have
an air conditioner that works well...
you are going to have a decent air conditioner, then you may as
well fix the top which does not seal well. Because of bad decisions
and poor upkeep by previous owners, a new top requires:
- hand carved wood frame
- new Everflex top
- new headliner
- removal and replacement of gas tank
- new steel welded into rusted top box
- new top box lining
- bodywork and paint on rear deck
- new top seals
you are going to remove the gas tank, then you may as well
replace that pesky fuel level sensor...
I am insane. No, I am not rich. (Even if I was, I am not anymore!)
HERE for restoration photos on my mechanic's website...
the article on buying this car over the Internet!
succumbed to temptation and purchased another Bentley Continental.
This pride and joy is now for sale. The next owner will benefit
from the extensive work.
SALE website; click HERE!
can have a FREE POSTCARD of this car. Send a STAMPED self-addressed
envelope big enough to hold an ordinary postcard to:
3714 Brookwoods Drive
Houston TX 77092 USA