1952 Bentley MkVI,
Lot 416
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon Chassis no. B218NZ Engine no. B109N
Sold for £18,975 (US$ 32,118) inc. premium
Lot Details
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon
Registration no. MGY 7
Chassis no. B218NZ
Engine no. B109N

Footnotes

  • The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork on the MkVI Bentley. Rolls-Royce's first post-WW2 product, the MkVI was introduced in 1946, a year ahead of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. Although mechanically similar to the MkVI, the latter was exclusively a coachbuilt car, the first 'standard steel' Rolls-Royce, the Silver Dawn, not appearing until 1949.
    The decision to offer a complete car with 'in house' bodywork had been dictated by harsh economic reality. 'Export or die' was the watchword of the late 1940s and the manufacture of standardised steel-bodied cars was deemed essential to selling in sufficient quantities to overseas markets. Despite the misgivings of traditionalists, exports rose steadily and, when the home market stabilised, the classically styled 'standard steel' bodywork proved equally acceptable, making up 80% of total production of this first post-war Bentley.
    This fine 'standard steel' MkVI was supplied new by R S Mead of Maidenhead. The car was first owned by a Mr Harold McCalman, passing to two further owners before being acquired on 15th August 1967 by Dr T Hanley. While in Dr Hanley's possession, the Bentley remained mostly in careful storage and it is believed that the recorded mileage of 77,091 may well be correct. In February 1997, the vehicle passed into the hands of the current vendor, an enthusiastic collector of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. While in his ownership, an extensive programme of refurbishment has been pursued to include a bare metal re-spray (photographic record included); re-trimming the front seats in hide of the correct shade; replacing carpets using correct material; new head cloth and extensive re-chroming. Mechanical work included an overhaul of the engine; renewing the clutch and crankshaft damper; and thoroughly overhauling the shock absorbers and brakes. Other parts replaced include the radiator core, hoses and clips, and all door, window and sunroof seals. Included in the sale is the original tool kit and an extensive history file detailing work done by past and present owners, and containing the original buff log book and Swansea V5C documents.
    While the Bentley has never been fully rebuilt, it appears that its five keepers have all been caring, maintaining the vehicle to a very good standard, which the vendor has maintained. MoT'd and taxed until May 2010, this well maintained MkVI Bentley should reward its fortunate new owner with many years of pleasurable motoring.
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