1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P
Lot 361
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon
Registration no. MOL 300 Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P
Sold for £16,100 (US$ 25,806) inc. premium

Lot Details
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P 1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P 1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P 1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P 1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B171PU Engine no. B235P
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre Saloon
Registration no. MOL 300
Chassis no. B171PU
Engine no. B235P

Footnotes

  • 'In a very short time, however, it was easily seen that the pressed steel Bentley bodies were as elegantly proportioned, as highly finished and as comfortably furnished as anything the traditional coachbuilders of the past had done; with the added virtues of immunity from rot and greater rigidity.' - Anthony Bird & Ian Hallows, 'The Rolls-Royce Motor Car', 1964.

    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.

    From the last MkVI series produced prior to the R-Type's introduction, 'B171PU' has the 4,566cc engine introduced in 1951. The current owner purchased the Bentley in 2006 from Hugh Carron in London. Only two previous owners are recorded. Restored at date unknown, 'MOL 300' has covered fewer than 500 miles since its acquisition by the vendor and has been kept in a heated garage and well maintained. Finished in grey with original light blue leather interior, the car is described as in generally good/very good condition and is running well. Offered with MoT to November 2014 and V5C registration document.
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