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Written by Marinus Rijkers
Books



Title

The Rolls-Royce & Bentley Selection Guide for cars built from 1980 to 2002

Topic

This book shows all Rolls-Royce & Bentley models, built in the years 1980-2002. Besides many very nice pictures, every page contains an overview of the number of cars that were built of that model, split in LHD and RHD, the model years, the engine type, the gearbox type, the power, the top speed and the sizes. Furthermore every page summarizes how the model can be recognized and gives the most notable special features. The book contains a list of all models made, the special editions inclusive. Finally, every book has a unique number and a signature of the author.

First edition

December 2018

 

Cover

Hard cover

Language

English

 

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Further remarks

Copies are available with the author.



Title

Rijden in stijl

Topic

The book covers 15 comprehensive driving impressions of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, ranging from a 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 HP to a 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith.



First edition

September 2015

 

Cover

Hard cover

Language

Dutch

 

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Further remarks

Copies are available with the author.





Articles



I have written many articles about Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, especially about Silver Spirit based models. Most of these artices, about 300, were written in Dutch, but I have written more than 30 articles in the English language. Most of these English articles are listed below, sorted on publication date. They can be downloaded in PDF.
Many thanks to Richard Charnley for the help with the creation of the articles in The Spirit and in Spirit&Speed. And many thanks to Richard Vaughan for the help with the articles in Modern Car.
In June 2021 I was awarded the Ivan Evernden Trophy by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (RREC) for my articles in Spirit&Speed.



Title

The myth of dashboard numbers - the numbers on the plaques

Topic

Many Rolls-Royces and Bentleys were built in limited numbers. Many of them were fitted with plaques that counted the unique position in the range. This article reveals the secrets behind the numbers on the commemorative plaques of SZ-based special editions, based on research of the factory records.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.1 Mb

Issue/page

S365, March 2021, p 35-43

 

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Further remarks

With many tables with production numbers and dashboard numbers.



Title

Bentley Mulsanne S - the standard saloon of the Bentley revival

Topic

Between 1988 and 1992 the Bentley Eight was the company's entrylevel model, with the Turbo R as the range-topping high performance Bentley. The Mulsanne S filled the gap between these two saloons as the car for all other Bentley Boys. This article shows all the details of the Mulsanne S.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.6 Mb

Issue/page

S364, January 2021, p 46-51

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with the production numbers.



Title

Bentley Brooklands - the standard Bentley saloon of the 1990s

Topic

In 1992 the Bentley Brooklands was introduced at the International Motor Show in Birmingham. It was the successor of both the Bentley Eight and Bentley Mulsanne S. The Brooklands survived through to the end of SZ production. This article shows all the details of the Bentley Brooklands and derivatives.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.0 Mb

Issue/page

S362, September 2020, p 22-27

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with the production numbers.



Title

Looking back at rear windows - rear window designs of saloon cars

Topic

This article covers the rear window arrangements of the four-door saloons from 1965 onwards, built or commissioned by the factory. Cars included are the Silver Shadow models (incl the Silver Wraith II), the Silver Spirit models (such as the Silver Spur, the Touring limousine and other stretched limousines) and the Silver Seraph and Arnage models up to 2009.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.9 Mb

Issue/page

S361, July 2020, p 24-29

 

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Further remarks

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Title

Rolls-Royce Price Action - the long wheelbase model to minimum Spirit spec

Topic

This article is about the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn that was produced to model years 1995 to 1998 specifications. When the name of the new model was not yet decided, the cars were produced as Rolls-Royce Price Action.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 2.4 Mb

Issue/page

S360, May 2020, p 38-43

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with the production numbers.



Title

Between the old and the new - Unpublished facts of model year 2003

Topic

2003 was the first year that Rolls-Royces and Bentleys were built in different companies. The Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Bentley Continental GT were built to model year 2004 specifications. This article is about all cars that were built to model year 2003 specifications.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.7 Mb

Issue/page

S352, January 2019, p 18-23

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with the production numbers.



Title

Angel of the road - Complete guide to the Silver Seraph

Topic

This article is about all models based on the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. It describes the end of the Crewe era, differences between the Silver Seraph and the Arnage, the model year 2000 changes, the Silver Seraph Last of Line, the Park Ward, the Park Ward limousine and the Park Ward Last of Line; special attention is given to limited series, aftermarket conversions, the Corniche (2000), and the "Park Ward incredible wood".

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.5 Mb

Issue/page

S351, November 2018, p 14-19

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with the production numbers.



Title

The era of Silver Spirits, turbos, stretched cars and conversions - Complete guide to the cars of the 1980s

Topic

This article is about all models of the 1980s, based on the SZ undercarriage of the Silver Spirit. Cars included are standard saloons and long wheelbases, stretched limousines and convertibles; special attention is given to the turbo Bentleys, the Silver Spur Centenary, the Bentley Eight, aftermarket conversions and the Bentley revival. But the 1980s Camargue and the Phantom VI got attention as well.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.2 Mb

Issue/page

S349, July 2018, p 34-39

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Drophead gorgeous - Complete guide to convertibles from 1981 - 2003

Topic

This article is about the convertible models offered during the Silver Spirit era. Cars included are Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, Corniche II, Corniche III, Anniversary Corniche, Corniche IV, Corniche S and Corniche (2000); Bentley Continental, Continental Turbo, Azure. Azure Le Mans, Azure Mulliner and Azure Final Series.

Magazine

RREC / Spirit&Speed

 

Size

PDF, 1.1 Mb

Issue/page

S348, May 2018, p 52-57

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with all production numbers.






Title

The Spirit data section - All data of all SZ models

Topic

Every issue of The Spirit contained an overview of all SZ models made, complete with the number built, the first and last model year, and the first and last VIN. This edition of the data section was published in the fourth issue of The Spirit, the last one that has been published.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 0.5 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 4, Summer 2017, p 128-131

 

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Further remarks

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Title

Complete guide to the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

Topic

The Silver Spur was the long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit. This article is about all models based on the Silver Spur. Cars included are the standard Silver Spur with division, the Silver Spur stretched limousines by Robert Jankel Design, the Silver Spur II, the Mulliner Spur, the Silver Spur III, the Silver Spur II/III Touring limousine, the Flying Spur, the Silver Dawn, the Silver Spur (1996), and all special editions.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 1.6 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 4, Summer 2017, p 88-95

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

King of the mountains - The engine numbers of a Bentley Turbo S

Topic

The Bentley Turbo S was basically a Bentley Turbo R with a turbocharged 6,75 litre V8 engine with liquid-cooled intercooler. All engines got a unique number. This article tells about the ownership of a Turbo S and shows which Turbo Ss were fitted with which engine and which Turbo Rs were also fitted with a Turbo S engine.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 0.9 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 4, Summer 2017, p 78-81

 

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Further remarks

Partly written by Peter Aeschlimann.



Title

Born in the USA - The Silver Spur Springfield Edition by Mulliner Park Ward

Topic

In 1996 Mulliner Park Ward built 27 Springfield edition Silver Spurs for the US market to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Rolls-Royce factory that opened in 1921 in Springfield, Massachusetts. This article shows the bespoke features of this special edition and shows how often the available colour schemes were sold.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 4.8 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 4, Summer 2017, p 20-25

 

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Further remarks

Written together with Richard Charnley.



Title

134 into 50 doesn't go - the dashboard numbers of the Rolls-Royce Flying Spur

Topic

Rolls-Royce Flying Spurs from the mid nineties were fitted with a veneered panel on the dashboard that distinguished individual cars by giving them a number out of 50. However, there were 134 such cars delivered worldwide and these special numbers were duplicated in different markets.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 0.6 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 3, Summer 2016, p 60-62

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a list of how many times the numbers were applied.



Title

The complete guide to the Bentley Turbo R

Topic

The Bentley Turbo R was the big saloon that spearheaded the Bentley Revival during the 1980s and 1990s. This article is about all models based on the Turbo R. Cars included are the special editions of the Turbo R (LWB), the Turbo S, Turbo RT, Turbo RT Mulliner, the Hooper conversions, the Val d'Isere and the Brunei derivatives.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 2.5 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 3, Summer 2016, p 30-37

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

The Rolls-Royces of the Bhagwan

Topic

In the beginning of the eighties Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh owned many Rolls-Royces and was the single largest owner of such cars in the world. 86 Rolls-Royces were identified and listed in this article.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 1.5 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 2, Summer 2015, p 98-103

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a list of all Bhagwan Rolls-Royce motor cars.



Title

The many faces of the Continental R

Topic

The Bentley Continental R was the new coupé that was introduced in Geneva 1991. This article is about all models based on the Continental R. Cars included are the Continental R special editions, the Continental S, the Continental R Mulliner, the Continental R Millennium, the Continental R Le Mans and the Continental R Final series.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 2.3 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 2, Summer 2015, p 22-29

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Stretching out

Topic

This article is about all stretched limousines that were built on Silver Spirit/Spur based techniques. Cars included are the Silver Spur stretched limousines by Robert Jankel Design (14", 36" and 42" stretch), the Touring limousines, the Park Ward limousines, the Silver Spur (non) Division, the Bentley limousines and the aftermarket stretched limousines.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 1.2 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 1, 2014-2015, p 64-69

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive three tables with production numbers.



Title

It's still an SZ under the skin

Topic

The story of the Corniche (2000) model that was based on the techniques of the Bentley Azure with a front treatment of the Silver Seraph. It was the last new Rolls-Royce model the Crewe factory introduced.

Magazine

RREC-SZ Register / The Spirit

 

Size

PDF, 1.3 Mb

Issue/page

Issue 1, 2014-2015, p 46-50

 

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Further remarks

Inclusive tables with production numbers.






Title

It's still an SZ under the skin.

Topic

The story of the Corniche (2000) model that was based on the technics of the Bentley Azure with a front treatment of the Silver Seraph. It was the last new Rolls-Royce model the Crewe factory introduced.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 22.4 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 18-4, Oct-Dec 2018, p 4-11

 

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Further remarks

This article first appeared in the Spirit, the magazine of the RREC/SZ Register, Issue 1 (see above).



Title

The complete guide to the Bentley Turbo R

Topic

The Bentley Turbo R was the big saloon that spearheaded the Bentley Revival during the 1980s and 1990s. This article is about all models based on the Turbo R. Cars included are the special editions of the Turbo R (LWB), the Turbo S, Turbo RT, Turbo RT Mulliner, the Hooper conversions, the Val d'Isere and the Brunei derivatives.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 2.8 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 17-1, Jan-Mar 2017, p 5-12

 

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Further remarks

This article first appeared in the Spirit, the magazine of the RREC/SZ Register, Issue 3 (see above).



Title

The many faces of the Continental R

Topic

The Bentley Continental R was the new coupé that was introduced in Geneva 1991. This article is about all models based on the Continental R. Cars included are the Continental R special editions, the Continental S, the Continental R Mulliner, the Continental R Millennium, the Continental R Le Mans and the Continental R Final series.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 3.5 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 16-1, Jan-Mar 2016, p 12-25

 

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Further remarks

This article first appeared in the Spirit, the magazine of the RREC/SZ Register, Issue 2 (see above). In the Modern Car article a few renderings and mock-up pictures were added.



Title

Model year 1994

Topic

This article gives an overview of Rolls-Royce motorcars and Bentleys that were built as 1994 model year cars, based on the SZ undercarriage. Cars included are the Silver Spirit III, the Silver Spur III, the Silver Spur III Touring limousine, the Corniche IV, the Bentley Brooklands (LWB), the Turbo R (LWB), the Continental R and the Bentley Continental convertible.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 3.1 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 14-3, Jul-Sep 2014, p 4-16

 

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Further remarks

With help from Tony Flood, Richard Vaughan and Rob Wilde. Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Model year 1993

Topic

This article gives an overview of Rolls-Royce motorcars and Bentleys that were built as 1993 model year cars, based on the SZ undercarriage. Cars included are the Silver Spirit II, the Silver Spur II, the Silver Spur II Touring limousine, the Corniche IV, the Anniversary Corniche, the Bentley Brooklands (LWB), the Turbo R (LWB), the Continental R and the Bentley Continental convertible.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 2.6 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 14-2, Apr-Jun 2014, p 4-15

 

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Further remarks

With help from Tony Flood, Richard Vaughan and Rob Wilde. Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Model year 1992

Topic

This article gives an overview of Rolls-Royce motorcars and Bentleys that were built as 1992 model year cars, based on the SZ undercarriage. Cars included are the Silver Spirit II, the Silver Spur II, the Silver Spur II Touring limousine, the Corniche IV, the Anniversary Corniche, the Bentley Mulsanne S (LWB), the Eight, the Turbo R (LWB), the Continental R and the Bentley Continental convertible (Turbo).

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 2.5 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 14-1, Jan-Mar 2014, p 4-12

 

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Further remarks

With help from Tony Flood, Richard Vaughan and Rob Wilde. Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Model year 1991

Topic

This article gives an overview of Rolls-Royce motorcars and Bentleys that were built as 1991 model year cars, based on the SZ undercarriage. Cars included are the Silver Spirit II, the Silver Spur II, the Mulliner Spur, the Corniche III, the Bentley Mulsanne S (LWB), the Eight, the Turbo R (LWB), and the Bentley Continental convertible.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 3.1 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 13-5, Sep-Oct 2013, p 6-17

 

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Further remarks

With help from Tony Flood, Richard Vaughan and Rob Wilde. Inclusive a table with all production numbers.



Title

Model year 1990

Topic

This article gives an overview of Rolls-Royce motorcars and Bentleys that were built as 1990 model year cars, based on the SZ undercarriage. Cars included are the Silver Spirit II, the Silver Spur II, the Mulliner Spur, the Corniche III, the Bentley Mulsanne S (LWB), the Eight, the Turbo R (LWB), and the Bentley Continental convertible.

Magazine

RROC Modern Car Society / Modern Car

 

Size

PDF, 2.8 Mb

Issue/page

MCM 13-4, July-Aug 2013, p 6-17

 

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Further remarks

With help from Tony Flood, Richard Vaughan and Rob Wilde. Inclusive a table with all production numbers.





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