Bentley Project 90
Part of Bentleys
development program had been to create prototypes, so called Experimental
Cars, not very different from any motor car manufacturers day to day business.
In Ian Rimmers book Rolls-Royce and Bentley Experimental Cars
descriptions of various prototypes finished to different stages of completion can be
studied on almost 200 pages. However the year 1985 was significant in so far as for the
first time Bentley decided to show an Experimental Car to the public with the intention of
assessing general reaction and opinions from prospective customers.
commissioned International Automotive Design in Worthing (GB) to build a concept to
design by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley. The result was Project 90,
full size styling mock-up of a two door coupe, i.e. neither engine nor running gear were
fitted. Rolls-Royce received most favourable comments and their exhibit was considered to
give a glimpse of the future for Bentley motor cars.
To a certain degree
Project 90 has been a milestone for the 1991 introduction of the Bentley Continental R.
(Photos courtesy of Bentley Motors Ltd.)