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Students help Bentley design the cars of the future

Having just celebrated their 100th year in the business, Bentley are going to great lengths to remain popular in the ever-changing world of transport. Getting involved in various electric and driverless car projects, Bentley has this week placed focus on the future of British transportation. Roping in the help of Royal College of Art students, Bentley asked students to create images of what they thought cars would look like in 2050. And, what they came up with was nothing short of genius.

While the designs were certainly exercising the theme of radicality, many of the mechanical concepts were not too farfetched. Though all different in design, the general consensus was that cars will symbolise individuality and freedom in 2050, with transport of the future being about a lot more than getting from A to B. It was also agreed that the conventional, internal combustion engine would no longer be a popular car makeup. Instead, people will occasionally drive conventional cars, simply for the feeling of nostalgia. Mostly drivers are expected to travel in fully-electric, automated cars.

“Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration we asked millennial students for their vision of the future,” says Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff.

“We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training, if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”

Let us know what you think, will we be driving in such outlandish cars in just 30 years’ time?

2019 Bentleys to receive special features

From new, unique anniversary models to special events, Bentley is marking its 100th year in business in various different ways. As a huge accolade for the brand, Bentley has this week announced that the cars of 2019, their 10-decade anniversary, will boast a string special features. According to relevant sources, all vehicles built in the year will have the ‘Centenary Specification’, ensuring that in years to come, these cars will be identifiable as ‘special’.  

These features will include unique, exclusive badges, broidery, colours as well as keys.  

Adding an air of finery and sophistication to the vehicles made within the year, 2019 Bentleys will have extra attention paid to them. However, die-hard fans are most looking forward to the Centenary Gold headrest logos and stitching; a change that will turn your average Bentley into a limited edition. highly sought-after motor. Providing the vehicles with what many are calling a ‘collector status’, the cars will also boast specially-designed treadplates a feature the ‘1919-2019’ display. 

A splash of gold

However, these splashes of gold are not your conventional gold colour. Bentley has been very selective about the colour used, bringing the gold used on vintage marques like the 1919 EXP 2 and 1929 ‘Birkin’ Blower back to life. Said to be ‘a refined metallic gold’, the shade apparently catches the light in the same way as expensive jewellery does.  

It goes without saying that these Bentleys will probably cost a tad more than your conventional marques. However, when it comes to this prestigious millstone, it appears no expense is being spared. Bentley are even releasing a book that will feature images of the greatest cars from the last century.  

Let us know what you think, is Bentley going slightly overboard with the birthday celebrations? Or, does such a huge birthday warrant a big celebration?

Queen Elizabeth’s Rolls Royce on sale for £2m

Just last week, we heard the news that Prince Harry put his Audi up for sale, asking a respectable £72,000 for the modified RS6 Avant. But, it appears that Harry’s is not the only royal wheels up for sale. The Queen’s Rolls Royce is set feature in a line up of prestigious cars up for auction, including marques owned by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

Scheduled to be sold by Bonhams auction house, the cars on offer are expected to fetch a whopping £5m.

1953 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette

One of the highlights of this auction is the 1953 Rolls Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette; a car that has previously been used by our Queen. Used on state visits and prior engagements, the car has been with the royal family for four decades. Boasting a top estimate of £2m, this popular model has been a favourite of many royals, including Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her wedding day in May.

“There were only 18 of the Phantom IVs built, and they were bought by heads of state or dignitaries,” said Bonhams’ co-chairman, Malcolm Barber.

“None are exactly the same, and they’re all built to special order. Even if you are a Rolls-Royce collector, you wouldn’t have anything similar, because each has its own identity.”

While undoubtedly the main attraction of the auction, there are also many other extraordinary cars up for grabs. These include:

  • 1960 Phantom V State Limousine
  • A 1985 “Centenary” Silver Spur Saloon
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph Park Ward
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Seraph Saloon
  • 1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible IV
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
  • 979 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI LimousineLet us know what you think, does the collection warrant a price tag of £5m?

Cardiff based company converts Mercedes Sprinters to luxury Starline Party Buses

A Cardiff-based company is set to reinvent the luxury transport industry, creating the Starline Limo Bus in their mission of extravagance.

With Cardiff known for its passion for lavish vehicles, it seems Starline are further encouraging this love, building unique buses to transport the people of the city to weddings, proms, business trips, birthday parties and many more prolific events.

Made from Mercedes Sprinters these bespoke buses are stand-alone vehicles, sporting a wealth of unique features you will not find in any other hire automobile. Inside you will find:

  • Two flat-screen televisions
  • A Karaoke machine with thousands of songs
  • A surround sound system
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A Champagne bar and fridge
  • Ice storage
  • Disco lighting (with a lazar show feature)
  • Glittered carpet and ceiling
  • And much more

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Cardiff and beyond

Although designed and built in the heart of Wales the Starline limo buses are set to make their way all over the UK, with the vehicle operators of London already having ordered 20 of these stunning buses.

Luke of London limo company, VIP Travel says:

‘As soon as we saw the designs for the Starline we made an order. Although limos are great they are beginning to lose their wow factor. With so much going on inside the Starline our team are truly spoilt for selling points’. Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 09.58.24

Who is behind this project?

The Starline Directors come from the well-established company, Transport Broker Group, the UK’s largest luxury vehicle hire company. Possessing the industry knowledge to accommodate the modern traveller they claim to have created ‘the future of luxury transport’.

‘For years we have been building on the idea of designing a vehicle that speaks to modern transport needs.’ Says Starline founder Tej Randeva.

‘Now large friendship groups like to travel together the traditional 8-seater limousine is just not being large enough. The Starline seats 16 people and is basically a nightclub on wheels.’

‘Built with features such as Wi-Fi people can post and tweet their pictures in real time, sharing their amazing transport experience with the world.

Safety first

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Not only is this vehicle unique in its offering of fun but it is also the safest party bus to ever hit the streets of the UK, being the first party bus to be IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) tested. Combining fun with safe travel the Starline is set to completely reinvent the vehicle hire market, encouraging extravagant transport throughout the nation.

If you wish to learn more about the Starline party bus then please find contact details below.

PR contact – Abigail Moses

Tel: 02920 442211

Starline website:

Cardiff Council’s neglected Rolls Royce loaned to National Motor Museum

A rare Rolls Royce owned by Cardiff City Council could be loaned to the National Motor Museum in Hampshire after it emerged the car has remained locked in an underground car park for almost two decades. Having resided under Cardiff’s City Hall for many years, many have branded the car’s neglect as ‘a waste’. Worth over £70,000, we at Limo Broker can’t help but agree.

Described as Cardiff City Council’s “crown jewel”, campaigners had previously set up a Facebook group called ‘Cardiff’s Rolls Royce KG1’, calling for the iconic 1963 Rolls Royce Phantom to be put into a museum. A statement on the group’s Facebook page reads: 

“It is a unique vehicle with an incredible history. Tragically the car has spent the last decade sitting under tarpaulin in the underground car park of county hall.” 

With the vehicle only driven once a year to get to and from its MOT, campaigners were arguably right in branding its concealed nature ‘tragic’.  

However, it is a possibility that England will not be the car’s forever home. 

A Cardiff council spokesman said: 

“The council intends to approach the National Motor Museum in Hampshire so that the vehicle can be displayed temporarily until a suitable location can be found to show it in Cardiff, perhaps as part of the future expansion of the Cardiff Story Museum. 

“The car is unique, as it has a silver dragon as an ornament on the bonnet of the car, instead of ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ ornament which is on other Rolls Royce cars. 

“Special permission had to be granted from the company to make this modification.” 

Let us know what you think; is the Museum the best place for a classic of this nature? We would love to hear your thoughts.