1953 Bentley R Type SaloonSOLD
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Estimate: ú6,000-8,000

Sold: ú7,528

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 of the commencing in 1952. The factory saloon coachwork was indistinguishable from that of the Bentley Mark VI up to the rear doors, the back however covered under a one-piece boot lid and a more spacious luggage compartment.

In total, 5,201 Bentley Mark VI's were produced, 4,000 with the 41~ 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 is in running condition, featuring a beige leather interior and two-tone paint work.

Supplied with the car is a V5 document, the original buff log book and a file of bills and receipts, NXL 222 would make a great restoration project.

Reference Number 10837

as of 7/4/2007

Car 1953 Bentley R Type Saloon