His argument was that Vickers would not receive the funding it requested from the Government to develop a new Rolls model, and that the hard- up luxury car-maker would go to the highest bidder. BMW was one candidate, the Sultan another. And the world's richest man, who already has a stable of Rollers, should be in a position to find the readies.
Now, Sir Tim Bell acts for the Sultan, so he must be believed as well. The story is not true, said a colleague of Sir Tim: the Sultan likes the cars but not so much that he will buy the company. I will trust Sir Tim . . . for now.