1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D
Lot 341
1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Coachwork by James Young Registration no. KXB 200 Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D
Sold for £25,300 (US$ 40,955) inc. premium

Lot Details
1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D 1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D 1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D 1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D 1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D 1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B403DZ Engine no. B451D
1949 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Coachwork by James Young

Registration no. KXB 200
Chassis no. B403DZ
Engine no. B451D

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. A separate chassis was retained, the same basic design being built in three different wheelbase lengths, that of the MkVI (and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn) measuring 10' exactly. Notable features were independent front suspension and hydraulic front brakes. Powering the range was a new 4,257cc six-cylinder engine featuring 'F head' (inlet-over-exhaust) valve gear that permitted the use of larger valves than the pre-war overhead-valve unit with a consequent improvement in gas flow. As a concession to the marque's sporting pedigree, the Bentley version was equipped with twin SU carburettors, the Rolls making do with a single Stromberg. The MkVI was a 90mph car while its interior was typically well appointed, boasting leather upholstery and walnut dashboard and door cappings; the right-hand manual gearchange was a characteristically pre-war inheritance.

    Although the Bentley Mark VI's 'standard steel' saloon body accounted for the bulk of production, customers could still opt for a coachbuilt alternative such as the James Young-bodied example offered here. One of only a tiny handful of British coachbuilding companies still active after WW2, Kent-based James Young had established itself among the foremost coachbuilders for up-market chassis by the end of the 1930s but did not resume exhibiting at the London Motor Shows until 1948, its factory having been devastated by wartime bombing.

    First registered on 22nd July 1949, 'KXB 200' was acquired by Brigadier G W S Burton, previously with the Indian Army, on 16th February 1967 as recorded in the accompanying old-style continuation logbook on file (issued 1972). Its previous history is not known. The Bentley was acquired by the late owner from Brigadier Burton circa 1973 and extensively restored shortly thereafter at a cost of around £60,000. We are advised that the work was carried out by Rolls-Royce specialists in the West Country. 'KXB 200' has been maintained by marque specialists Sargeants of Goudhurst and is described by the lady vendor as in generally good condition. The car is offered with the aforementioned logbook, current road fund licence, recently expired MoT (October 2013) and Swansea V5C document.
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