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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007

    Packard-Bentley Special

    Packard-Bentley Special aka Mavis

    Christmas road test: Packard-engined Bentley

    Tested: 41.8-litre Packard V12, four-speed Bentley C-type gearbox and a Bentley Speed Six rear axle running in reverse

    Price/on sale: Assuming you could track down a Packard engine and an Eight Litre Bentley, in the region of £350,000. It's not for sale

    Power/torque: 1,500bhp @ 2,400rpm/ 2,000lb ft @ 2,400rpm

    Top speed: 160mph approx
    Acceleration: N/A
    Fuel economy: 4 gallons per minute at full chat

    Verdict: A car for real men. Never mind those cup holders or air conditioning. Who needs seatbelts and airbags? A pair of goggles and gauntlets and a pint glass of pure courage is all a man needs to get to grips with the mighty Mavis. Me? I might be washing my hair on that day if that's OK with you…

    Telegraph rating: Five out of five
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    Packard-Bentley Special #2
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I absolutely love and am very very fascinated by these monster machines. I really wanna see one started up and running for myself, youtube just doesnt cut it

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Way Down South
    "Mavis" is ridiculously impractical, which I suppose is the point. Sort of like the Blastolene or Van Blerk roadsters constructed of old fire engines or like this, Packard marine engines. But those display exceptional fabrication and finish, and are even licensed for the street.
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2004
    Perth, Australia

    I love it, the world needs more of this sort of thing
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Perth, Australia
    Couldn't agree more. It's a shame that something like this would be so hard to road register in many countries - surely a one-off like this built to suitable standards couldn't cause any statistical issues.
    Life's too short to drive bad cars.

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