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Richard Treacy
Grand Master
Username: richard_treacy

Post Number: 2495
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 02:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Definition: Panels front guards, rear guards, doors, bonnet, boot, bodyshell

Quiz:
Which panels are of aluminium ??

MkVI standard saloon
R-Type Standard Saloon
Silver Cloud Standard Saloon
S2 Continental MPW and S3 MPW (Chinese Eyes)
Silver Shadow
Corniche - Continental
Silver Spirit Spur Mulsanne- Turbo R
Continental R

Name the aluminium panels
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Carl Heydon
Experienced User
Username: car

Post Number: 27
Registered: 2-2004
Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 08:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I bags the easy ones-
Mk VI- none
R Type- boot
Cloud- boot and doors
S2 Cont-I am guessing, all
Shadow- boot, bonnet, doors
Corniche- boot, bonnet, doors
Spirit- boot, bonnet, doors
Conti R- ? most?
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Omar M. Shams
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Username: omar

Post Number: 238
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 12:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The clouds also have aluminium bonnet leaves.
The continental R has steel wings for sure - I had to repair a dent on one of mine.
The quiz goes on,
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Richard Treacy
Grand Master
Username: richard_treacy

Post Number: 2497
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 06:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Well, the big surprise to me is that the Conti R is ALL STEEL: not an aluminium panel in sight. Even the petrol filler flap is steel.

Now, that is something: the Conti R is the first all-steel-bodied Crewe creation since the MkVI.

Carl, you are almost otherwise correct, but the S3 Chinese Eyes MPW has a steel shell with alloy front wings, doors and boot. The rear guards are part of the frame and are of steel. All your other entries are correct to my knowledge.

Incidentally, although alloy is lighter than steel, the alloy carbodies overall are heavier as alloy needs considerably more bracing to support its flimsiness.

More comments welcome !!

RT.
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Ernest Carty
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Username: edcarty

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2012
Posted on Sunday, 16 December, 2012 - 08:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi just to add to the confusion ,a lot of Coachbuilt cars including Bentley Mark V1,R,Type, S type and Cloud series along with Rolls Royce Silver Wraith,Phantoms and Dawns also used a lot of Aluminium alloy for Panels,Also HJ Mulliner used an aluminium alloy for there framework on doors as early as the mid fifties.}}

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