1953 Bentley R Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Fastback BC21B695,000 GBP

A lovely example of the iconic fastback, which underwent a full ground up restoration in the 2000s,

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A lovely example of the iconic fastback, which underwent a full ground up restoration in the 2000s, evidenced with photos showing the car stripped to a bare chassis frame. Since then, the car has had minimal use and is still excellent, even the underside being virtually spotless! At the same time as the restoration was carried out, the original engine was upgraded to 4.9 litre, the work being done correctly and impressively. The whole car, although having matured slightly and appealingly since the renovation, still has a fresh feel to it, particularly the impressive interior with the red leather, carpets and headlining all looking, feeling and even smelling new, with the wood having a lovely satin finish, all very tasteful and extremely well executed. Looking at the underside of the car reveals the extent of the restoration and tells a story about how well the car has been looked-after since. Driving very nicely, fitted with Harvey Bailey anti-roll bars front and rear, ready for the open road and some leg stretching!

Chassis No. BC21B Reg. No. 521 YUV

Snippets: A 50th Birthday Gift
Ronald Herbert Holmes was born in March 1903 & the chassis of BC21B was delivered in March 1953 so it is highly likely that Ronald gifted himself with a new car to celebrate his fiftieth! By the time Ronald was 33 he had been appointed as a Director & Sales Manager of the family firm Holmes Bros of Walthamstow - manufacturers of “Holbro” drawing & surveying apparatus for architects. The Holmes family were initially involved in the field of photographic apparatus with patents filed as early as 1896 by Leonard, Leonard Edwin & Herbert Holmes (Ronald’s father). In the 1936 Broadcaster Trader Annual both Ronald and his father included motoring as one of their recreations, alongside gardening, shooting & fishing. By 1957 the Bentley was with Henry John Longinotto a director of Central Garage Croydon Ltd and Central Aircraft Engineering Ltd – it would appear that he managed to damage a door on BC21B which perhaps is why he only owned the car for a year. By 1958 BC21B was registered to J. Carmichael of Thomas Howden Ltd, egg & produce importers, he only kept the car for a year before it was acquired by Mr E F Pike of Francis Motors in Leicester - distributors of Alvis, Aston Martin, Jensen, Lagonda and Mercedes, it was then bought by Mr J Worthing of Phantom Motors, Crondall. The next 2 owners included Anthony Bruce Hardcastle of Asthall House; in 1926 his father had bought Asthall House from Lord Redesdale who is perhaps better known as the father of the Mitford sisters – Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica & Deborah. In 1969 Peter Harper a noted classic car dealer from Cheshire acquired BC21B, we have a copy of an article written by Roy Brooks in the RR Bulletin in which Peter said that he had fallen in love with BC21B at first sight & had bought it without even hearing the engine run! Peter permitted Roy to test drive the car and he reported that “with a mileage estimated at 117,000 the engine was quiet & responsive, body and suspension rattles were less than with my two year old example of modern tinware.”

Reference Number 646817

as of 4/9/2021

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Car 1953 Bentley R Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Fastback BC21B
Exterior / Interior Color Grey / Red 
Registration 521 YUV 
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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