1950 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B440FV Engine no. B220F

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Lot 110
1950 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Chassis no. B440FV Engine no. B220F

Sold for £ 16,675 (US$ 20,846) inc. premium
1950 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Chassis no. B440FV
Engine no. B220F
The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork. In a break from the coachbuilt tradition this was made of pressed steel panels welded together. The 'standard steel' body was available at first only on the MkVI Bentley, though customers could still opt for a coachbuilt alternative. 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 (later 4,566cc) six-cylinder engine featuring inlet-over-exhaust valvegear and breathing through a Stromberg carburettor (Rolls-Royce) or twin SUs (Bentley).

The Autocar magazine was highly impressed with their MkVI test car in April 1950. "Perhaps the outstanding thought from extensive driving of the Bentley MkVI built by the world's premier car manufacturers, Rolls-Royce, is that it has no single predominant feature but gains its unique position from a combination of superbly matched qualities that raise it above the level of other cars. Years of painstaking research and development with mechanical perfection as the goal show their results unmistakably. Smoothness and quietness and sheer quality are in the superlative."

This 4.2-litre, standard steel, righthand-drive MkVI was imported into Sweden in 1985 and acquired by the Swedish vendor in 2000, since when it has been kept in heated storage on axle stands. Copy factory chassis records show that 'B440FV' was delivered to first owner F H Dudley Button, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire in January 1950 bearing the registration mark 'VHX 171'. Restored at date unknown, the car is finished in black over gold with light tan leather interior, and is presented in generally very good condition.
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