Prague - About 300 fans of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars attended the first Czech meeting of these luxury vehicles in a park in Dubec, Prague´s eastern neighbourhood, in the rainy weather today.
Desítky milovníků aut značek Rolls-Royce a Bentley se sešli 17. května v pražské Dubči na prvním setkání příznivců těchto luxusních aut v Česku. Návštěvníci mohou obdivovat předválečné veterány Rolls-Royce, klasické limuzíny z let poválečných, moderní limuzíny z let nedávno minulých, ale také aktuální modely značky, ve které jezdí i britská královna Alžběta II. ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Thirty-five cars of either Rolls-Royce or Bentley marks, including veteran cars from the inter-war period, post-war as well as modern limousines, were presented.
The Rolls-Royce traditional British mark, now a part of German BMW, marks the 110th anniversary of its foundation this year.
"Some participants have arrived from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and there are also representatives of the England-seated production plant," Rolls-Royce Club chairman Martin Kot said.
The most expensive of the presented vehicles was the new Rolls-Royce Phantom worth 12 million crowns.
According to the organisers, the most interesting among the models were the two prolonged limousines, Silver Shadow from 1979 and Silver Shadow 2 from 1976.
"Only seven pieces were produced for the American market...I bought one limousine in Finland, the other in the Czech Republic," their owner Milan Koubek told CTK.
He said he leases the luxury limousines for weddings.
Another rarity was a funeral Rolls-Royce imported from Britain.
Kot said there are between 60 and 100 Rolls-Royce cars in the Czech Republic. A typical owner of such a car is a 50-year-old man.
According to statistical figures released by the Czech Automotive Industry Association (SAP), 65 Rolls-Royces and over 300 Bentleys are registered in the Czech Republic. Their average age is 11 and six, respectively.
The Czechs bought 29 new Bentleys and two Rolls-Royces last year.
In the Czech Republic, the price of used Rolls-Royces and Bentleys starts at 300,000 crowns. A new car costs 6.5 million (Rolls-Royce) and 5 million (Bentley) at least.