Marque One Detailing had the privilege and honour to be asked by Richards of England to prepare this wonderful restored Bentley for the Salon Privé shown held at Blenheim Palace, on Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th September 2019
This Bentley S1 4 Door Sports Saloon (7401) by H.J. Mulliner is an extremely rare model with just 27 of its type ever being built. When built, features included an aluminium body instead of the standard steel one, “suicide” rear doors and even an adjustable driver’s seat that sat on extended rails. The model was sold at a 60-70% premium over the standard steel saloon. Despite its lighter shell and trimmed features, even by today’s standards the 7401 is an indubitably comfortable ride. It’s believed that there were just 9 motors of its type still running in 2017.
This motorcar (B156BA, BF474) was originally supplied to HR Owen of London in 1956. The bill of sale, still present with the car, shows that the car was first delivered to Sheffield. Since then, the vehicle spent most of its life off the road in the USA before it was rescued and brought back to life by Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists Bensport Ltd. The original H.J. Mulliner build sheets are present with the car, along with multiple restoration invoices, the most recent being from engineering specialists Padgett Motor Engineers in 2014.
We spoke to Jeremy Padgett (Padgett Motor Engineers), a close contact of ours, regarding this immaculate car. Whilst working on the car he told us that the car is fantastic to drive, an opinion shared by ourselves and the current collection.
The Detailing Package Used On This “Grand Old Lady”
- As with every detail a full wash and decontamination was undertaken. Before any polishing can take place the paint work needs to be fully de-greased or panel wiped down for a true inspection.
- Once the paint is fully wiped down we now have true ‘blank canvas’ paint area. Using Colour range index lighting we are able to see further into the paint to see what imperfections we have. After a quick look over and inspection a paint depth gauge is used to measure the paint levels – this allows us to ‘cut/remove’ paint imperfections safely leaving enough clear coat for UV and paint protection.
- The levels shown on the Bentley were very high – a detailers dream!! It’s at this stage we decide on what cutting pad and polish to use.
- Which resulted in us choosing the medium cut Rupes wool pad and Menzerna 400 a high cut polish, finished off with a 3m black pad and Menzerna 3800 for the final polish.
- The paint was then cleansed of oils and re-inspected. To finish off a Polymer sealant was used to lock in the good work and protect the paint against day to day contaminations. IGL wax was then used on-top for a long lasting deep gloss.
- All the wheels were cleaned and sealed with Britemax products.
- A full engine bay detail was also undertaken, together with the full dressing of the rubbers and plastics to show off the hard work of the mechanics.
- All rubbers were cleaned and dressed with Swiss wax cleaner and feed.
- Windows were last for the exterior – a full polish and clean.
- The interior was in good shape from the trimmers so a good wipe down, hoover and minimal polishing on the lacquered wood was under taken.