Petersen Bentley Racer
Lot 237
Bentley R-Type Petersen 6½-Litre Supercharged Road Racer Chassis no. B357SP
Sold for €310,500 (US$ 385,765) inc. premium

Lot Details
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Bentley R-Type Petersen 6½-Litre Supercharged Road Racer
Coachwork by Petersen Engineering

Chassis no. B357SP
Recalling the formidable Brooklands racers of the 'Roaring Twenties', this wonderfully re-constituted R-Type is the work of Bob Petersen Engineering based at Beaworthy, Devon, a company renowned for the rebuilding, restoration and recreation of classic Bentley motor cars. The car, which is UK registered 'GVH 173', is featured in Ray Roberts's famous book, 'Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys, Volume II' (pages 699 and 703) and is very well known in Bentley Drivers Club circles.
This car was built in 2003 (Petersen reference 'RP2013R') on a modified 1953 R-Type chassis of 9' 9" wheelbase (3" shorter than standard) and is powered by a modified Rolls-Royce B81 6½-litre straight eight, a unit belonging to the B-series of engines developed towards the end of WW2 for military and commercial purposes. Maximum power output of a standard B81 was around 195bhp at 3,750rpm, though this particular unit, which is fed by a Petersen BM supercharger and red-lined at 5,500rpm, is estimated to produce in excess of 400bhp. Power is transmitted via a Salisbury limited-slip differential to the 84-spoke 19" wheels, which are shod with 700x19 Dunlop racing tyres. The two-seater aluminium body is crafted in the style of the Brooklands racers while other noteworthy features include dual-circuit hydraulic disc brakes, fully adjustable suspension and '170mph' speedometer. The 1,400kg (3,080lb) weight is distributed 50/50, front/rear.
This very special Bentley is certain to be much wanted by every rally organising committee and is surely the ultimate Vintage-style motoring experience, though with the additional advantage that spare parts, should they be required, are still readily available. Evocatively finished in period-correct Old Red with black leather interior and black wheels, the Petersen Bentley is described as in mechanically perfect condition, ready to enjoy on the racetrack or on long distance rallies, where the fortunate new owner may experience the thrills of driving a 1,400kg Brooklands-style racer with some 400bhp on tap.

Rappelant les formidables voitures qui couraient à Brooklands dans les 'Roaring Twenties', cette superbe réplique de Type R est l'œuvre de Bob Petersen Engineering de Beaworthy, dans le Devon, un spécialiste renommé pour la reconstruction, le restauration et la création de réplique de Bentley classiques. La voiture, immatriculée au Royaume-Uni GVH 173, figure dans le fameux livre de Ray Roberts Bentley Specials & Special Bentleys, tome II (page 699 et 703) et est bien connue dans le cercle des Bentley Drivers Club.
La voiture a été construite en 2003 (référence Petersen RP2013R) sur un châssis modifié de Type R de 1953 à empattement de 2,97 m d'empattement (8 cm plus court que le châssis normal) et a reçu un 8 cylindres en ligne Rolls-Royce B81 6 ½ Liter modifié, un bloc de la série B des moteurs mis au point vers la fin de la deuxième guerre pour les besoins militaires et utilitaires. La puissance maximale du B81 de série était de l'ordre de 195 cv à 3,750 tr/min, mais la puissance de celui-ci, alimenté par un compresseur Petersen BM et grimpant à 5,500 tr/min, est estimée à plus de 400 cv. La puissance est transmise aux roues de 19 pouces à 84 rayons, équipées de pneus 700x19 de compétition Dunlop, via un différentiel à glissement limité. La carrosserie deux places en aluminium est réalisée dans le style des racers de Brooklands, les autres caractéristiques remarquables étant les freins à disque à double circuit hydraulique, la suspension réglable et un compteur gradué jusqu'à 170 mph. Les 1,400 kg sont répartis à 50/50 entre les essieux avant et arrière.
Cette Bentley très spéciale sera certainement acceptée par tout organisme organisateur de rallye et représente le nec plus ultra en matière de tourisme style Vintage, avec l'avantage, si besoin était, de disposer de toutes les pièces de rechange. Finie dans une livrée Old Red conforme à l'époque avec intérieur en cuir noir, roues noires, la Bentley Petersen est décrite comme en parfait état mécanique, prête à prendre la piste ou à suivre les routes d'un rallye longue distance, où son heureux propriétaire pourra apprécier le frisson au volant d'un racer style Brooklands de 1,400 kg avec 400 cv sous le pied.


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  • We have noticed a small crack in one of the external oil pipes on the engine. The vendor has agreed to cover the cost of this minor repair. Nous avons note un petit manqué dans une des pipes à huile extérieures. Le vendeur a ccepté de couvrir les coûts de cette minime réparation.
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