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 Post subject: Surbiton Carriage Co. Bentley
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:43 am 
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1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Litre Sport Coupe

Coachwork by Surbiton Carriage Company

Chassis No. TW2713 - Engine No. TW2716

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The 6 1/2-Litre Bentley offered here, chassis TW2713, was originally completed with a beautiful, closed body by the relatively unknown Surbiton Carriage Company, also referred to as Surbico. The inherently sporting fabric-covered coachwork – with its cycle-type fenders, louvered splash pans, step plates and alluring form – is memorable and entirely fitting for the ruggedly constructed chassis upon which it was erected. The completed car was first delivered in April 1927 to Mr. S.E. Parkes in the UK. Although the Coupe had been built to standard 6 1/2-Litre specifications, it was later upgraded to Speed Six specifications that included dual carburetors and uprated cylinder blocks.

All W.O. Bentley cars can trace their roots to racing, and the efforts and successes of the Bentley Boys, Barnato and Birkin, elevated the cars a mythic status they still enjoy today. In homage, countless Bentleys have been re-bodied to replicate those incredible race machines regardless of their original intended use. TW2713’s beautifully proportioned, low-windshield coupe body escaped such a fate, largely owing to the fact that it had been safely tucked away at the Manx Motor Museum on the Isle of Man for many years. A photograph taken of the 6 1/2 during that time appears in Johnnie Green’s well-known Bentley reference book Bentley: Fifty Years of the Marque. Fortunately, the car had survived the riskiest years for an original-bodied Bentley completely intact, never having suffered from neglect, misuse, or modification.

TW2713 was shipped to America in the 1980s, still in quite presentable, largely original condition and required minimal reconditioning; its owner at this time is reported to have used the car on a number of driving events. By the early 1990s, it appears that TW2713 had a new owner in Australia and, wishing to use the car extensively, he reportedly commissioned a full mechanical restoration to the highest standards. As is often the case, during the mechanical restoration, the decision was made to perform a comprehensive cosmetic restoration to the same exacting standards. The exterior received new paint and the correct-type fabric body covering, the interior was completely re-upholstered using correct materials and the brightwork was re-plated for a dramatic luster. In 2006, TW2713 was acquired by its present owner and has been used sparingly over the past four years.


Rob, is this story correct?
And can you tell us more about the Surbiton Carriage Company?


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 Post subject: Re: Surbiton Carriage Co. Bentley
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:01 am 
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Nice! Few original bodies exist. Here is the interior and the back.


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 Post subject: Re: Surbiton Carriage Co. Bentley
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:37 pm 
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Beautiful Bentley! :good: Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Surbiton Carriage Co. Bentley
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:54 pm 
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The Surbiton Coach and Motor Works were located, not surprisingly, in Surbiton, which is in Surrey in England. Under the trading name of "Surbico" they bodied from new at least half a dozen 3-litre Bentleys and a couple of 6 1/2s. There may have been some re-bodying and modification work as well, but I am not sure of this.

At least one Invicta with Surbico coachwork has survived to recent times, and it is known that others of this make received bodies from this firm when new. Additionally some semi-series production of bodies was undertaken for the Wolseley Hornet chassis.

Apart from that, they exhibited a fabric-bodied saloon on the Beverley-Barnes chassis at the 1927 London Olympia Motor Show, and built other different bodies on the Beverley-Barnes chassis.

The origins of the company and details of its demise are unknown to me, but it seems likely that they produced more than just the handful of bodies referred to above.

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 Post subject: Re: Surbiton Carriage Co. Bentley
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:47 pm 
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A little bit more about Surbico: there are two period photographs of a "streamlined" (well, at the rear maybe) saloon on a 1926 Sunbeam 3-litre on page 258 of Bruce Dowell's book on Sunbeam "The Supreme Car". It is suggested that it was delivered to Woolf Barnato.

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