Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was one of the giant geniuses of jazz.

And though the sleeve of one of his most famous recordings shows him riding a streetcar, such brilliance as he possessed deserved a more regal conveyance.

Like this Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe he’s pictured climbing into outside NYC’s Five Spot Cafe, a legendary jazz club, in 1964.

Thelonious Monk

The Bentley belonged to his great friend and patron from Britain, Nica de Koenigswarter, known as the “Bebop Baroness” because of the important role she played in the genre’s rise to prominence.

Bentleys and bebop—our kind of woman, for sure…