1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL
Lot 84
1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster
Coachwork by Overton Vehicles Registration no. BSV 966 Chassis no. B61UL
£ 70,000 - 90,000
US$ 93,000 - 120,000

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1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL 1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster  Chassis no. B61UL
1953 Bentley R-Type 'SR5' Special Roadster
Coachwork by Overton Vehicles

Registration no. BSV 966
Chassis no. B61UL

* Built in the early 1990s
* One of seven planned
* Featured in the national press
* Present family ownership since 1993

Footnotes

  • 'Goggles, high button driving gloves and even leather helmets will be order of the day aboard the latest Bentley. For the SR5 is a throwback to the days of elegance, an open tourer more in keeping with the 1930s than the mass production 90s. Yet it can do 118mph.' – Daily Mail, 18th February 1993.

    For all their many virtues, the 'Silent Sportscar' and its post-WW2 successors, the Mark VI and R-Type, seem to some Bentley enthusiasts to lack the character of their Cricklewood-built predecessors; not for them the comfort of being wafted along in complete silence at 90mph! Over recent decades prices fetched by genuine Vintage-era Bentleys have risen to levels well beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest; this fact and the absence of anything remotely resembling its Vintage touring models from the post-war Bentley range has meant that enthusiasts with a yen for top-down, wind-in-the-hair excitement had little choice but to opt for a conversion. Fortunately there has for many years been a plentiful supply of 'standard steel' saloons too badly corroded to warrant restoration, thus providing suitable chassis for transformation into something more exciting.

    There have been countless such 'specials' created by enthusiastic private owners on the Mark VI and R-Type chassis, while over the years numerous specialist coachbuilders have offered variations on the theme. The stunning Bentley special offered here is the dream-come-true creation of Ted Overton of marque specialists Overton Vehicles of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (currently trading as Overton Vehicle Overhauls Ltd at nearby Southend-on-Sea). Completed in the early 1990s, it is the first of the limited run of seven such cars planned. Work began by stripping a 1953 4½-litre Bentley R-Type to the last nut and bolt, following which the engine was rebuilt and the chassis modified to accept the SR5 body. The body frame was made from ash by Ted Overton's carpenter father, Sid; it carries an aluminium-panelled two-seater-plus-dickey body, with the dickey directly behind the front passenger's seat. Other noteworthy features include leather upholstery, a side-exit exhaust, fold-flat windscreen, outside handbrake, and a commodious boot. The cost of an SR5, when new, was £60,000.

    The current lady vendor's husband acquired 'BSV 966' in February 1993, and around this time the SR5 featured in various publications including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, and Motoring Echo (press cuttings on file). The history file also contains an original SE5 brochure, a V5C Registration Certificate, and two invoices from marque specialist D W Haynes for work to the clutch and brakes carried out in July 2015. 'BSV 966' is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition, its engine running well. Bentley enthusiasts yearning for a fast sporting tourer in pre-war style need look no further.

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