1953 Bentley R Type,
Lot 361
BDC and R-REC national concours-winning,1953 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé Chassis no. B339SP Engine no. B419S
Sold for £90,600 (US$ 141,961) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 Bentley R Type, 1953 Bentley R Type, 1953 Bentley R Type, 1953 Bentley R Type, 1953 Bentley R Type,
BDC and R-REC national concours-winning
1953 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd

Registration no. NYK 292
Chassis no. B339SP
Engine no. B419S

Footnotes

  • 'In June 1952 the R-Type was presented to the public and it owed its name to the fact that the VI series had by this time reached the chassis letter R...(it) became one of the most popular Bentleys ever built.' – Adams & Roberts, 'A Pride of Bentleys', NEL, 1978.
    Rolls-Royce commenced production post-war with the Silver Wraith and Bentley MkVI models. The traditional separate chassis was retained for the two newcomers, but for the first time there was standard coachwork. This new 'standard steel' body - produced by the Pressed Steel Company, of Oxford - was available at first only on the Bentley, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. The range featured a new design of independent front suspension, hydraulic front brakes and a new 4,257cc, six-cylinder, 'F-head' (inlet-over-exhaust) power unit destined for enlargement to 4,566cc in 1951. A much-needed improvement to the standard bodywork arrived in mid-1952 in the shape of an enlarged boot together with associated changes to the rear wings and suspension, subsequent models being known as the R-Type Bentley and E-Series Silver Dawn. The two newcomers were the first Rolls-Royce products available with automatic transmission, the company having opted for General Motors' Hydra-Matic, a state-of-the-art four-speed unit permitting manual selection. The standard R-Type was a lively performer, achieving 106mph in silence and reaching 50mph from standstill in 10 seconds despite a kerb weight approaching two tons.
    As usual, the R-Type could be ordered in chassis form for bodying by specialist coachbuilders, this manual transmission example being the work of Rolls-Royce's subsidiary, Park Ward Ltd. It is one of only 25 R-Type's bodied in this style by Park Ward. Between November 2000 and November 2002 the car was totally restored, both mechanically and cosmetically, at marque specialists Taylor's of Birdham, near Chichester, the work including a full engine overhaul and conversion to 'unleaded' compatibility. This 'body off' rebuild was carried out to the very highest standards, resulting in 'NYK 292' receiving 1st place awards at both the R-REC and Bentley Drivers Club national concours in 2003. Finished in claret/ivory with ivory leather interior, the car is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with Taylor's detailed restoration invoices (totalling £129,234), current road fund licence, MoT to March 2011 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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