Lots of pretty cars in the recent round Taiwan rally of visiting Japanese based classics, which was a bit of a novelty since there are almost no classics in Taiwan, and imports canít be registered.
There was also a 1929 Bentley on a truck. Dunno what the story is, but I'd guess it'd broken down so they decided to use it as a touring static exhibit. This allowed a more detailed look at the underside, though I didn't have much time, and I wasted some of it in a pointless attempt to explain to the gf that the car couldn't possibly be 223 years old, whatever the bloody Chinese sign said.
[EDIT: From press reports in English, seems the 223 years was the combined age of car, driver and co-driver. Lost in translation somewhere. ENDEDIT]
Despite Ettore Bugatti's famous "Fastest truck in the world" jibe, leading me to expect solid simplicity, it was quite complicated under there, and I didn't have time to work it all out, what with having to be somewhere else, and being conscious I was blocking other people's shots while I was poking around.
Aftermarket oil filter.
Doesn't look big enough, but I suppose they change it quite often. Puzzlingly, there only seems to be one pipe, so I guess it must be co-axial. I'd hope something like this would also have a bypass filter. Wonder what oil they use.
You can also see the leather end-covers on the elliptical leaf springs. Not sure what they're for, but I'd guess to retain grease.
They don't cover the axle shackles area though, which reveal a very surprising feature. Someone (and its presumably a JAPANESE someone) has allowed a 1929 Bentley to RUST.
I find that completely astonishing.
Adjustable suspension damping
Oops! Inspection fail. (Big in Japan.)
Thereís a loose drive chain just visible behind the exhaust, perhaps handbrake adjustment work in progress, though I didnít have time to confirm that.
Overall, made me feel a bit better about my
Nice car though.