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Pininfarina Bentley Mk VI 'Cresta' by Facel-Métallon
Pininfarina Bentley Mk VI 'Cresta' by Facel-Métallon
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This Bentley Mk VI is a Franco-Italian co-operation, because it has been designed by Pinin Farina and built by the French Facel-Métallon. The double "ff" badge on the door signifies this. The reason for this was that when the first post-war Paris Salon opened in 1946 no manufacturers from the countries that had been enemies were allowed to exhibit. Battista Pinin Farina performed a trick by showing two of his latest creations outside the Grand Palais in Paris.

Frenchman Jean Daninos, owner of Facel-Métallon, had asked Pinin Farina to design a 2-door fastback saloon on the chassis of a Bentley Mark VI. A body commissioned by a French customer wouldn't be excluded from exhibition at a future Paris Salon.

The best looking coupe he created, code-named "Cresta", achieved much admiration. When shown at the 1948 Paris Salon several prospective purchasers showed their interest and further orders followed when the car was exhibited at the Geneva Salon in 1949.

The prototype was built by Pinin Farina in Turin. It had a wider radiator than the series model, but was modified shortly afterwards on request of Bentley. The series was produced by Facel-Métallon. Reportedly 17 cars were made, however only 10 are identified by their chassis numbers. 


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