The inspiration for the first really aerodynamic body on a Bentley came from Walter Sleator, their distributor in Paris. The European road system was improving at such a rate in the late thirties that he felt a great need to update the company's products to meet the competition.
Back in England the hierarchy at Derby were somewhat reluctant at first, and suggested to Sleator that he find a sponsor for a special streamlined body. This is just what he did, persuading a long time customer, Andre Embiricos, to finance the project.
Living in Paris at the time was a qualified dentist and emerging aerodynamicist, Georges Paulin. He was awarded the contract, with the Parisian coachbuilder, Pourtout, to build the body.