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Lot 409: 1953 Bentley R Type Saloon

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

Announced in May 1946, the Bentley Mark VI featured a strong channel section chassis with independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension and a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Drum brakes were fitted all-round, with Rolls-Royce's mechanical servo assistance, the front ones for the first time on a Bentley operated hydraulically. Power was provided by the pre-war B60 4,257cc six cylinder engine - with overhead inlet/side exhaust valves and belt rather than gear-driven dynamo and water pump, both major changes from previous Rolls-Royce practice - sufficient to propel the Bentley, via twin SU carburettors, to 90mph. The only major mechanical change came in May 1951 when engine capacity was increased to 4,566cc together with a change from a by-pass oil filter system to one-using a full-flow layout. The Mark VI was joined by the R-Type with production commencing in 1952. The factory saloon coachwork was indistinguishable from that of the Bentley Mark VI up to the rear doors, but with the back featuring a one-piece boot lid and a more spacious luggage compartment. In total, 5,201 Bentley Mark VIs were produced, 4,000 with the 4.1 litre engine, and 2,320 R-Types. Production ceased in 1955. Manufactured on 20th May 1953 this particular R-Type saloon has been with the current owner for approximately 35 years. NXL 222 is complete and in running condition, featuring a beige leather interior and two-tone paint work.Supplied with the car is a V5 registration document, the original buff log book and a file of bills and receipts, NXL 222 would make a great restoration project.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number409
Estimate£6000-£8000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7528
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1953
Condition rating
Registration numberNXL 222
Mileage-
Chassis numberB111TO
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors