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Lot 452: 1947 Bentley Mk. VI Drophead Coupe

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. Notably, some prototype tests of the Mark VI were conducted during the war by Cabinet ministers and military officers. 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 same year the Mark VI was joined by the R-Type, basically the same vehicle but with a longer and more commodious boot. In total, 5,201 Bentley Mark VI's were produced with 2,320 being R-Types. Production ceased in 1955. Originally built for the UK market, it was subsequently shipped to the United States of America on the wishes of the then owner. It was then repatriated relatively recently where upon this splendid example presented here today spent time in one of the foremost classic and modern restorers in London. Whilst there has not been time to get the car registered for the UK, all duty's have been paid at the port of entry. The list of works is impressive; included in the comprehensive restoration is reconditioning work done on brakes and the engine has been fully serviced. The interior has been re-trimmed completely with new Wilton carpets, seats and door panels have new leather as well as a new hood. The wood all round has been stripped from the car, sanded down and re-varnished, it now looks extremely fine. Externally, the paint is new, finished as it is in period grey set off by the re-chromed brightwork. Complete with a full years MoT test certificate, this well presented Bentley deserves further consideration.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number452
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberKXL687
Chassis numberB486EY
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