In our global role of supporting Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners, we are dedicated to keeping your cars where they should be, on the road. We work tirelessly to make sure that if a part has been made no longer available from the manufacturer, we can supply a high-quality replacement product. Our development teams work around the clock to find or produce only the best replacement products for your car and before a new part is made available for sale it will have to pass through our stringent testing process.
The first step of the process involves our quality control department which will test and check product specifications, dimensions, and composition. If the product meets the requirements, it will then be passed over to our test and development cars where the part will be fitted and will undergo real-world conditions to ensure durability and reliability. Only products that pass these stringent tests will be made available for sale.
With over 200 parts currently on test across the three models, the test cars form an important part of our quality control process. The cars are available to drive by all members of staff and are regularly used for commuting to and from Flying Spares.
1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Looking resplendent with its Olive-green paintwork and beige interior, our Silver Shadow is affectionally named ‘Dave’ after fellow RRBSA member Dave Terry, who lived and worked in Holland and sadly passed in 2017.
Dave Terry was a perfectionist and would always look to offer a solution or an improvement whenever faced with a technical or parts-related problem. For more than 10 years, we worked on numerous projects with the resultant parts now manufactured and in stock.
We acquired the Silver Shadow from a contact in Holland and it was only a matter of time before our workshop team considered it fitting to name the car in Dave’s honour. It’s our longest-running test car that has had many parts function fitted and extensively tested, resulting in many aftermarket and reconditioned parts being approved for sale.
1990 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit II
Supplied new in 1990 by HR Owen Ecurie Cheltenham and specified with Acrylic Cobalt coachwork and Tahiti blue hide, the seat centres were also trimmed in Scarab Opera Velvet, a rarely seen combination. This particular example has been well cared for throughout its lifetime with the addition of digital gauges and a neat, tidy reverse camera.
As it is fuel injected, it was an ideal opportunity for us to utilise it as a moving test bed for parts not suitable for the carburettor-fed Silver Shadow. With an extensive list of development parts ready for fitting, this Spirit gives us the much-needed ‘real world’ experience that components need before going on sale.
2003 Bentley Continental GT
Supplied by Jack Barclay with a cypress green exterior and Saffron leather combination, this 2003 GT belies its 19-year age. With an ever-increasing selection of aftermarket and reconditioned parts for these models now becoming available, our development GT has been instrumental in the release of some of our products, including the aftermarket anti-roll bar links, suspension arms, and trim clips that we now supply.
Breaking News. As we were going to press we’ve managed to add another thoroughbred to our test car stable. Meet the Bentley Arnage Red label