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CHAPTER 105

Step Inside a Vintage Bentley On Google Street View
Beverly Hills Car Club opens its Doors to the Internet

By Blake Z. Rong
The illogically named “Beverly Hills Car Club” is not, in fact, in Beverly Hills. There wouldn’t be enough room on Rodeo Drive, anyway. The highfalutin’ association has kept the classic car endeavor active on eBay, Hemmings, and Craigslist for years now; you may recognize a slightly below-concours automobile photographed in a dimly lit back room, always in the same position, and always with a sheen of optimism when the wallet opens up. (A burnt-out Ferrari 308 GTS for $18,750? Hey, why not?)

Instead, it’s inside a nondescript warehouse in East Los Angeles where all the magic happens, crammed full of vintage relics like an Indiana Jones movie the place which once auctioned off tennis legend John McEnroe’s Ferrari 400, and punk rock legend Joe Strummer’s Ford Thunderbird, among others.

Step inside this 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur, and get a taste of the Beverly Hills High Life!

Google announced its Business Photos service in 2010 to give businesses a new way to advertise: full 360-degree panoramic views of their interiors, a customer’s virtual tour before the hopeful, eventual visit. You can now peek inside every single Best Western in America. Visit a sushi restaurant in Poland, a church in Ireland, a cancer institute in Ukraine, a bead shop in Manchester, a Wendy’s in Orem, Utah.

But this might be the first time you could sit inside a classic Bentley and practically tug on those door pulls, fiddle with that DIN-sized Eighties radio. Smell the leather. Feel the wood. Peep those Jager dials. Sit high and mighty across the seat, peering at the Jaguar E-Type parked alongsidewhich, sadly, you cannot enter.

There’s no finer way to travel. Even in the virtual bounds of our curious panoramas.

Hat tip to Hooniverse

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/news/a28837/step-inside-a-vintage-bentley-on-google-street-view/

April 17 2016

 


 


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