James Bond had cool expensive cars in the movies, but in the books he was pretty much living on a civil servant’s salary. He drove an old Bentley that was souped up, but a little rough-looking. I think it was painted grey.
What model Bentley did he drive? I’d like to see a photo of one.
Right, it was a 1930 Bentley 4.5-liter. I have a link showing what Bentleys of that era looked like. It would have been something similar.
[quote] Originally posted by Jeff Olsen I haven’t read the original books since high school but Bond’s personal car was a supercharged 1933 Bentley Continental, IIRC.
Bentley didn’t start producing Continental versions until after WWII, I believe. Rolls-Royce did, though.
Sur’Nii and li’l Dickie Dirtz: I don’t recall what he drove in the book, but in the film Dr. No he drove a Sunbeam. I couldn’t tell if it was an Alpine or a Tiger. I’d have to look again. Didn’t the Tiger have a bulge in the bonnet?
Speaking of blowers, Moss Motors is developing period-looking superchargers for the MGB.
Yeah, Alpines have always been cheaper. That’s why my dad had one of them and not a Tiger. My brother sold it to a guy in the Lake Jackson, TX area, so if anybody out there is in Lake Jackson and knows of a dark blue Alpine. . .
Yes, that’s correct, but the “blower” wasn’t a turbocharger, it was a crank-driven supercharger. A turbo charger uses a turbine in the exhaust stream to drive a compressor; it’s thermodynamically efficient, because you reclaim some of the energy that would otherwise leave via the exhaust pipe. Typically both the turbine and the compressor are centrifugal, and their casings are shaped something like a snail’s shell.
But the Bentleys had simple mechanically-driven superchargers, which are technically not turbochargers. I believe that the Bentley used a Roots-type compressor, which has two interlocking rotors running in a roughly cylindrical casing; air enters one side of the casing and leaves the other.
Some of the other '30s cars (the Graham, for instance) used a mechanical supercharger with a centrifugal air compressor; the casing for the compressor looks something like a turbocharger, but, again, it’s not, it’s just a supercharger.