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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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Shipping 1.5 cars in 352K pieces across country

So I sold my long-suffering Bentley project, it's off to WA state. The buyer is trying to figure out the best way to get the component parts across country. This includes a body tub, a rolling chassis, another chasssis, and approximately 351,997 assorted pieces, some in boxes, some (like fenders) not in boxes.

I can come up with 2 options:

1. Find someone with a double car enclosed trailer, load up and let them take it across country
2. Get a 20' shipping container dropped at my place, load it up and have it shipped across country

Any thoughts on the best way of tackling this or leads on services to use?

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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:43 PM
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Option 2 is probably your best option, like PODS.

I think I've seen a pic of your Bentley, but I've forgotten what it looks (looked) like. Was it a T Series or something along those lines? Post a pic, my memory sucks.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:50 PM
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'48 MK VI Special -- essentially a hill climb car. The attached was it as a unified whole at Texas Motor Speedway where it acted as the pace car for the VSCCA for a few seasons.

Need to find the mother of all PODS . . .
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'48 MK VI Special -- essentially a hill climb car. The attached was it as a unified whole at Texas Motor Speedway where it acted as the pace car for the VSCCA for a few seasons.

Need to find the mother of all PODS . . .
I don't exactly have an answer or a suggestion about shipping it, but it would seem that the typical PODS container may not be robust enough to handle it. If you have all the loose bits properly crated and inventoried I'd bet that you could piggyback with another VSCCA member when they move something in that direction. It may take you a few trips, but I'd suggest networking with fellow VCSSA people over PODS.

Nice Bentley though! not quite pre-war, but that's when cars were made properly! THat must be a hoot to drive. Good friend of mine has a '29 Bentley comp car w/ 4.5L (no blower though). Totally 'ole school with roped leaf springs and steering wheel. It's like driving a locomotive on rubber tires, but it's a whole lot of fun! I'll grab a picture next time I'm over there and post it to this thread.
Are you a VSCCA member? VSCCA does a pretty cool hillclimb at a private estate in Masachusetts (Hunnewell Hillclimb). Not uncommon for several unmolested, original race Bugattis to attend.

Good luck with the restoration!

PS-just noticed the Brooklands windscreens - nice! Now THAT'S motoring!
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Tony there are companies that specialize in this kind of situations, they will even bubble wrap the body panels

Not exactly cheap, but a great piece of mind
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