The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1949 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Two-Door Saloon Coachwork by James Young  Chassis no. B495CD Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 208
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show, 1949 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Two-Door Saloon Coachwork by James Young
Registration no. NXR 810 Chassis no. B495CD Engine no. to be advised

Sold for £ 13,512 (US$ 16,701) inc. premium
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show
1949 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Two-Door Saloon Coachwork by James Young
Registration no. NXR 810
Chassis no. B495CD
Engine no. to be advised
Rolls-Royce broke with tradition after WW2 with the introduction of standard bodywork - available at first only on the MkVI Bentley - though customers could still opt for a coachbuilt alternative such as the James Young-bodied car offered here. The Kent-based firm of James Young had established itself among the foremost coachbuilders for upmarket chassis by the end of the 1930s; its factory devastated by wartime bombing, the company did not resume exhibiting at the London Motor Shows until 1948, when the car offered here was displayed at Earls Court. Built in limited numbers, the body design shows clear signs of transatlantic influence while retaining such James Young 'trademarks' as the ultra-slim windscreen and door pillars. Rodney Steel's definitive work, Bentley - the Cars from Crewe, lists chassis number 'B495CD' as delivered in December 1948 to first owner R Strauss. Currently in the possession of only its third owner in fifty-plus years, the car was restored in 1985 (at a cost of c.£36,000) while in the vendor's hands, the bodywork, interior and electrical system all undergoing extensive refurbishment. The sliding-head roof was converted to fixed location at this time, a modification that should prove reversible is so desired. After completion the car was driven for several years before being placed in storage a few years ago. Storage conditions were less than ideal and over time there has been some deterioration of the headlining and rear parcel shelf. However, we understand that the car will have been thoroughly cleaned and valeted prior to sale. Finished in gunmetal grey/dark blue with re-trimmed blue leather interior, this unusual coachbuilt Bentley is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1949 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Two-Door Saloon Coachwork by James Young  Chassis no. B495CD Engine no. to be advised
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