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Lot 010: 1947 BENTLEY MK VI SEDANCA COUPE

Van Dijk Collection, H&H Sales Limited (3 October 2005)

Finished in black with vermillion window surrounds and deep red leather upholstery, this particular MKVI was bodied by Gurney Nutting. The esteemed London coachbuilder's first post-war Bentley Sedanca Coupe, it appears in Rodney Steel's authoritative tome 'Bentley, The Cars from Crewe'. Reputedly selected by Rolls-Royce and Bentley for a four-month Trans-America promotional tour, it duly arrived in New York harbour on 20th October 1947 aboard the SS Mauretania. Subsequently displayed in the Foyer of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it is not thought to have entered private ownership until purchased by a Mrs Dorothy King of Miami, Florida in July 1948. To right-hand drive specification, it only returned to the UK in 1991 since which time it has apparently had three private keepers. The subject of an older restoration, it is described by the vendor as being in very good condition with regard to its engine, 4-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, paintwork, bodywork, chassis and wheels / tyres. As befits a company that (under the guidance of founder J Gurney Nutting and chief stylist A.F. MacNeil) had been crafting coachwork for W.O. Bentleys since the early 1920s, gained a royal warrant the following decade and been privileged with such commissions as the Maharajah Duesenberg Model J and Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird Land Speed Record Car, chassis B368BH's lines are flamboyant but elegant. From its sweeping front wings to its sculpted partial rear-spats via its enveloping C-posts (complete with faux pram-irons), it combines an air of luxury with one of rakishness. Inside, it retains its Gurney Nutting Ltd kickplates, a glovebox lid mounted clock, rear picnic tables, four push-release chrome ashtrays and rear vanity compartments (one housing glasses). Externally, it benefits from the retractable Sedanca roof, opening front quarter light windows, a Bentley centre spotlight (flanked by Lucas auxiliary lights) and modern trafficators. A stunning motorcar with a unique history, it is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until July 2006.

Lot Details
Auction Van Dijk Collection
H&H Sales Limited, Syon Park, Brentford
TypeCar
Lot Number010
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1947
Condition rating
Registration numberDXV 460
Mileage-
Chassis numberB368BH
Engine numberB184B
Engine capacity (cc)4250
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors