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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:41 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:06 pm 
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As far as I remember the Paget car was not an SSK, but a shortened SS, reg UV 5424, In fact when got to know it in 1981 just out of an auction, it had seats which I am certain were out of a Bentlley of the same era as the drivers seat had a cut out forr the gear lever, and were very Bentley green... The fuel tank was gunged up and had to have an SU pump fitted inline to help the vacuum system, it passed it's MOT test easily in those days and ran very well..


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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:13 pm 
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As for the Milligen car,, it looks very much as I saw it in 1981 on a couple of occasions,, George Milligen did wear lederhosen and used to drive to board meetngs in London in a late 30's Bentley he was given as a birthday present, and while there would head to Ronnie Scotts Jazz club in the hope of being allowed to play his trumpet..and to me his car remains the most desirabe SSK there is


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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:38 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:00 pm 
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It is so good to see this car returned to its original form, and in blue again and with the conforming luggage. Excellent undertaking and work by both Messrs McCaw and Babinsky. Bit shiny though - take it out for a blast! Seriously though, it does look right, capturing the shape of the original Barker coachwork most convincingly. The body that had progressively modified over its lifetime had maintained a continuous history, but it is nice to see that a true re-birth was achieved when the time became necessary.

We still have a lot more about this car erroneously file under Gurney Nutting - can I make another plea for it to be administratively moved?

Clive.


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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:39 pm 
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Many thanks esteemed administrator! Now we can easily compare the original with its restoration.

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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:00 pm 
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runninggear wrote:
As far as I remember the Paget car was not an SSK, but a shortened SS, reg UV 5424, In fact when got to know it in 1981 just out of an auction, it had seats which I am certain were out of a Bentlley of the same era as the drivers seat had a cut out forr the gear lever, and were very Bentley green... The fuel tank was gunged up and had to have an SU pump fitted inline to help the vacuum system, it passed it's MOT test easily in those days and ran very well..

UV5424 was indeed cut'n'shut to give the impression of being an SSK and has also been connected with Dorothy Paget, but it is not the Barker-bodied car. That was originally UV1132 and, as far as I know, a genuine SSK acquired by her.

UV5424 had a Corsica body at one stage, but that was long gone by the early 80s and it had something that looked like an attempt to make a Morris tourer by folding it out of a single piece of sheet. I believe it is now in Germany with its SSK transformation more convincingly executed.

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 Post subject: Re: Barker Mercedes-Benz
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:43 pm 
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neuilly wrote:
runninggear wrote:
As far as I remember the Paget car was not an SSK, but a shortened SS, reg UV 5424, In fact when got to know it in 1981 just out of an auction, it had seats which I am certain were out of a Bentlley of the same era as the drivers seat had a cut out forr the gear lever, and were very Bentley green... The fuel tank was gunged up and had to have an SU pump fitted inline to help the vacuum system, it passed it's MOT test easily in those days and ran very well..

UV5424 was indeed cut'n'shut to give the impression of being an SSK and has also been connected with Dorothy Paget, but it is not the Barker-bodied car. That was originally UV1132 and, as far as I know, a genuine SSK acquired by her.

UV5424 had a Corsica body at one stage, but that was long gone by the early 80s and it had something that looked like an attempt to make a Morris tourer by folding it out of a single piece of sheet. I believe it is now in Germany with its SSK transformation more convincingly executed.

Clive.


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