We are advised that Bentley MkVI chassis number 'B41CD' was first owned by actor Sir John Mills (born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills) subsequently passing into the ownership of Mr Clement McGough, proprietor of Clement McGough & Sons, funeral directors of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. Clement McGough was a Justice of the Peace and a Papal Knight. McGough Street in Tunstall is named after him. He had the Bentley converted into a hearse with the intention of eventually re-configuring it as an estate car. Completed to a high standard, the conversion was undertaken by an established local coachbuilder whose name is now forgotten, and not by Simpson & Slater as stated in Bernard King's book on the Bentley MkVI.
'JLX 932' later passed to one Terry Talbot and then to Argyll Lindsay, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor, who recognised the car's potential and commenced its restoration in 2010. The centre part of the body was found to be in a poor state but the ash-framed and aluminium panelled hearse conversion was in first class condition and reusable. A MkVI body centre section in excellent condition was obtained from a Scottish special builder and grafted onto the fully rebuilt and repainted chassis by retired specialists.
On the mechanical side, the sump was removed from the engine and the side-cover from the gearbox, the internals of both appearing clean and in good condition. The braking system, including servo, was fully overhauled with new linings, hydraulic hoses and pipes, master and wheel cylinder seals, etc. New kingpins and bushes were fitted to the front suspension. Both the starter motor and dynamo were stripped and rebuilt.
The body has been treated to a bare metal re-sprayed in Rolls-Royce Tudor Grey, the interior woodwork re-varnished, and the leather upholstery refurbished by Gliptone leather Care. Derby Plating re-chromed the brightwork. New tyres have been fitted and we are advised that the seats will have been reinstalled by time of sale. There is no radio, but the original wiring and aerial are still in place. Offered fresh from restoration, this unique Bentley estate car comes with copy chassis card, sundry bills, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.
Please note the V5C Registration Certificate is currently being updated and will follow post sale.