By on January 23, 2013

H.J Mulliners gave this model design the name “Flying Spur” which is well documented as the heraldic symbol of the Johnstone Clan in Scotland. The “Flying Spur” was awarded to the Johnstone clan for their help in allowing Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape on horseback.

That’s authentic British heritage, no Bentley-by-Breitling-by-Bentley-by-Brietling-by-Volkswagen needed. You’re looking at one of seven Flying Spurs for sale, from the collection of a Hungarian who escaped that Communist state to become an engineer, succeed beyond his wildest imagination, and acquire top-shelf examples of the Flying Spur wherever they could be found. That’s even cooler than the cars themselves, right?

The Boros Collection is now up for sale at Coys UK. I encourage you to read about the cars and the man who owned them. Now, let’s play a little game of “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other”

This is one of Mr. Boros’ other Spurs:

It’s possible to quibble a little bit… perhaps you like the single-headlight Clouds better, perhaps you just don’t like big luxury cars. Still… look at it and imagine caning it down the B-road to your country estate, or pulling up to Stoke Park in it. Now, let’s examine the 1994-vintage Rolls-Royce Flying Spur, which was a turbocharged variant of the Silver Spur:

You can argue that this shape didn’t wear as well, but it’s still well-proportioned, clean, and elegant. Now, take a deep breath and continue:

Oh, look. It’s the Bentley Flying Spur. Right next to the S-Class so you can see the car with which Bentley intended to compete. A four-door Continental, which is to say a four-door version of a two-door version of a Volkswagen Phaeton. Looks like a Kia Amanti without the sense of dignity. Or maybe a Toyota Celica from the bug-eye era. It’s kind of sad, really. Bentley throws some lovely press trips, but this car is an embarrassment to the name and has been for several years now.

The seven original Flying Spurs are now old enough that it would be possible to bring one to the United States. We’d love for a TTAC reader to do just that, but more than that, we’d like someone to buy all seven and keep Mr. Boros’ dream going.

(NB: Although we would love to profit from an auction about which we are writing, TTAC has no affiliation with Coys or Mr. Boros.)

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22 Comments on “Seven The Hard Way: Possibly The Coolest Auction Of The Year...”

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    I can see M (Bernard Lee not Judi Dench) pulling up in one of these alongside Bond’s DB5.

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    Just one word to describe the current model – fugly!!!

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    “Hey Baby, you want to make $14 the hard way?” – Al Cervik

    Wish somebody would buy all of them, give Baruth the keys so he could do 7 videos of sliding them around the track.

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    Real cars, gentlemen.

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    That Spur up top…be still, my heart.

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    These bring back memories of an unattainable girl. She would come to town for the summer driving Dad’s Roller and we would call each other with sightings so we could anticipate which party we could “accidently” run into her. One of the unlikeliest of us did end up greasing her wheel bearings. Been jealous of him for 40 years. The cars still have a warm place in my electro-mechanical heart.

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    I’ll be interested to see how the current crop of Rolls Royces age. They certainly look like intimidating prole-squashing tanks and you will never mistake them for anything but a Rolls, but boy are they ugly.

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    That 1994 picture had me back on Autotrader browsing late-90s to mid-2000s Arnages, Continentals and Turbo Rs.

    Someday, if I can swing a $70k car, I’d love to pick up a Bentley for $40k (with a six-and-three-quarters V8, of course) and keep that $30k in the bank for operating costs.

    Who doesn’t want to say “let’s take the Bentley out tonight” in reference to a REAL Bentley?

    • 0 avatar

      In 1969, a Rhode Island farmer had a 1939 Rolls Royce for sale for $900 ($5600 today). It was his late brother’s and had been stored after the farmer’s son had used it, and painted it yellow (see IMDB for details). A friend of my sister bought it and after quite a bit of jury-rigging, got it to start and run, sort of.

      He took it to a restorer for the bargain drivetrain restoration and was quoted $9500 ($59,000 today). That was the bare bones effort to get it to drive more or less as designed. He took it to another shop and had a slant six and A727 installed, along with the electrical system and brakes of the donor ’65 Polara. After two years of trouble free driving, he sold it, for $900, the most he could get for it. He sold the original engine/transmission for $1200 to a restorer in Connecticut, thereby breaking even.

      At today’s prices to maintain a much more complicated late model machine, $30,000 might not be enough, and a complete 1965 Polara donor would be hard to find these days.

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    Almost as interesting, but not as awesome or pretty as the big Rolls, click on the “American Cars” for sale link.

    1985 Buick Lesabre with the 4.0 V8 and nearly every option. White with whorehouse red leather interior and moonroof.

    64 AMC Rambler converted to Mercedes Diesel power, including most of the interior from the donor Mercedes!

    • 0 avatar

      I had to click over to see this “4.0 LeSabre” looks like it is actually a Park Avenue, my first car was an 83 Park. That motor is either a 4.1 V6 or more likely the 5.0 Olds V8. They were probably in disbelief that a big V8 could make so little power.

      The steering wheel is not original, it is from an Olds so it is not as pristine as they would have you think, but that probably doesn’t matter on the other side of the pond.

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    If, for some reason, I ever acquired one of the newer Bentleys, any of them, I’d have some small chrome bumpers fitted, front and rear. Even if the front ones were slim, split units starting at the grill. These cars have always appeared modified, like a shaved door handle. At least the parking sensors make sense by imitating bumper bolt covers.

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    The blue-grey one please, and thank you very much.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Thanks Jack, your writing reminds me why I still love cars. The burgundy one please so I can go “Fah” at people at stoplights.

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    I remember a Top Gear show from a while back where Clarkson and the hamster (Hammond) compared a RR & a BIG MB, both cost 6-7 thousand pounds, which I thought wow, then they added that “keeping” them running would be crazy expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      juicy sushi

      It was May, not Hammond. And Clarkson’s service bill came to 15k if I remember right. I think they left the choice at being either “Camp, or Kamp Kommandent”…

      • 0 avatar

        Mixing up two episodes…One where Clarkson and May compared their personal purchases, May’s Rolls and Clarksons 600 Pullman.

        Another one Jezza and Hamster bought old cheap V12 cars, CL600 and 850Ci, to see if they were rubbish or not.

        Hefty service bills involved in both cases…

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    Pass the Grey Poupon, please.

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