Crapwagon Outtake: Bentley Already Made An SUV
Our friends at AutoGuide.com have spyshots of the new Bentley SUV running around rather inconspicuously – a rather poetic notion, given that this thing is sure to be the face of vulgarity for the next decade. But contrary to many breathless reports on other sites, this is not Bentley’s first SUV.
In 1996, Bentley made 6 bespoke SUVs for the Royal Family of Brunei. Yes, you read that right. At a cost of nearly 3 million GBP each, Bentley used a Range Rover chassis as the basis for these (sort of) one-of-a-kind SUVs, dubbed the Dominator. Very little is known about them, aside from the bootlegged pics of the Dominator being loaded onto a plane for air freight to Brunei.
Similar to the bespoke Ferraris made for the Sultan, the Dominator doesn’t quite count as part of the annals of official Bentley history. But these cars were indeed made by Bentley, baring Bentley VIN numbers – and they weren’t the only ones. When you’re as wealthy as the Sultan, you can pay Bentley, Ferrari or any other OEM to build custom cars for you. Not just custom trim and color combos, but actual designs and road-going concept cars. And yes, he did ask for a series of Bentley wagons to be built. Sadly, none appear to be brown.
Drewlssix on Jun 14, 2014
"Sadly none arear to be brown". Little known fact! There was one brown wagon built, with a diesel and manual no less. But apparently after insisting for years that it was exactly the car he wanted when it was available the sultan simply failed to buy it. Nobody knows why :(
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