At least cars were better than horses. The internal combustion engine had been a godse-- a blessi-- a windfall for Crowley. The only horses he could be seen riding on business, in the old days, were big black jobs with eyes like flames and hooves that struck sparks. That was de rigueur for a demon. Usually, Crowley fell off. He wasn't much good with animals.
Crowley drives a 1926 black Bentley, in beautiful condition, which has survived most of a century despite Crowley's atrociously fast and reckless driving. (In the opening chapter, Crowley barrels down the M25 at 110 mph.) This is due mostly to the fact that Crowley uses magic, and occasional well-placed glares, to fix his car whenever it gets a scratch or dent. The car also seems to run on sheer force of will instead of actual petrol fuel, since Crowley notes at one point that the fuel gauge "had pointed to zero for more than sixty years now" (page 12).
1926 Bentley (2-door topless model)
The Bentley is equipped with a number of nifty gadgets, including a cassette player and a radio that can both conveniently be used for Crowley to contact Hell, and for Hell to contact Crowley. Oddly enough, despite Crowley's usual penchant for ultra-modern gadgetry, a CD player is never mentioned. Although Morlena has observed that "at the time of [the novel's] publication (if memory serves) there weren't any."
Also, all cassette tapes left within the car for more than a fortnight automatically transform into "Best of Queen" albums.
Crowley controls the Bentley with his will, which means that the wheels tend to clamp and unclamp themselves when he wants them to, and the lights turn on and off when he thinks about it (or in once instance, when he waves his hand at the car). Also, the Bentley seems perfectly capable of steering and driving *itself* while Crowley, say, sits in the driver's seat and reads a certain book of prophecies that he just rescued from a burning bookshop.
The Bentley is very dear to Crowley, and he's of course extremely distraught after it's, well, destroyed in the course of the Apocalypse. "I had it from new, you know," he tells Aziraphale. "It wasn't a car, it was more a sort of whole body glove" (page 338).
Crowley's Bentley is probably meant to parallel Aziraphale's book collection, in that both are material possessions that the two covet above all others, both are lost and destroyed in the course of the Apocalypse, and both are finally restored by Adam at the end of the novel.
The Bentley Logo
Anyway, today Bentley is owned and operated by Volkswagon, but continues to produce some of the most luxurious, and the fastest, sports cars in the world. Founded by Walter Owen Bentley in the 1920's, Bentley first became famous for developing racing engines that won championships in both the States and in the UK, and also in the legendary Le Mans race in France.
For more information, visit the official Bentley website.
Important Note: Page numbers in reference to quotations from the book refer to the 1996 Ace mass-market paperback edition. Disclaimer: Crowley, Aziraphale, and Good Omens are owned and copyrighted by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Excerpts and quotes from the novel Good Omens used throughout this site are reproduced without legal permission, for which I can only hang my head sheepishly and apologize. However, this is a FANSITE, meant in the name of fun, and not intended to make a profit. The lovely model in this site's header graphic is an endangered Eastern Indigo Snake, in a photograph courtesy of SeaWorld.org. Brushes used in the header graphic are courtesy of Paper Flowers.