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Lot 238: 1952 Bentley Mk VI Saloon

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The launch of the Bentley Mk VI in 1946 marked a significant change in policy for Rolls-Royce by being the company's first wholly produced car; previously both Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars had been manufactured in chassis form only before being bodied by independent bespoke coachbuilders. This change came about as the result of a rationalisation programme instigated before World War Two, it being realised that if Rolls-Royce Motors was to survive in the post-war years a substantial increase in manufacturing output would be necessary.Initially, however, only the new Bentley, the Mark VI, would carry "in-house" Standard Steel COA, its Rolls-Royce equivalent, the Silver Wraith, retaining outside COA. Announced in May 1946, the Mark VI featured a strong channel section chassis with independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension allied to a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Drum brakes were fitted all round, together with Rolls-Royce's mechanically-driven servo assistance, the fronts for the first time on a Bentley being hydraulically operated. Power was provided by the pre-war B60 4,257cc six cylinder engine - with overhead inlet and 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. Of note incidentally, is that the prototype tests of the Mark VI were carried out during the 1939-45 hostilities, some conducted by cabinet ministers and military officers.This Mk VI saloon, chassis number B19NY is described as being excellent in every aspect, and has had only two previous owners from new. The car is finished in velvet green with beige leather interior and has benefited from restoration work, with details of this, complete with photographs, in the car's history file. EST 1 has the desirable Hooper style quick lift drivers side window winder and a complete and comprehensive tool kit. There is also an original handbook, old MoT's, invoices, photographs from throughout the car's life and a copy of the original buff log book. This is one of the finest examples of a MK VI saloon with nice touches abound, such as period 1950's Nice and Cannes tourist stickers in the windscreen, highlighting the fact that this is a grand tourer in the truest sense of the word. The car has a current MoT valid until September next year, road tax and V5 registration document. Throughout its life this car has been driven regularly and with the commensurate amount of care which will ensure this superb example will grace any car collection. The car is being offered with the desirable and valuable registration "EST 1".

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Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
Lot Number238
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberEST 1
Chassis numberB 19 NY
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