1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon  Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S

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Lot 628
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Registration no. OYE 700 Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S

£ 55,000 - 65,000
US$ 67,000 - 80,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Coachwork by E D Abbott

Registration no. OYE 700
Chassis no. B393SP
Engine no. B446S

Footnotes

  • Rolls-Royce commenced production post-war with the Silver Wraith and Bentley MkVI models. For the first time there was standard coachwork, though the ‘standard steel’ body - produced by the Pressed Steel Company, of Oxford - was available at first only on the Bentley, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. The range featured independent front suspension, hydraulic front brakes and a new 4,257cc, six-cylinder, ‘F-head’ (inlet-over-exhaust) power unit, the latter destined for enlargement to 4,566cc in 1951. A much-needed improvement to the standard bodywork arrived in mid-1952 in the shape of an enlarged boot together with associated changes to the rear wings and suspension, subsequent models being known as the R-Type Bentley and E-Series Silver Dawn. The two newcomers were the first Rolls-Royce products available with automatic transmission, the company having opted for General Motors’ Hydra-Matic, a state-of-the-art four-speed unit that permitted manual selection. The standard R-Type was a lively performer, achieving 106mph in silence and reaching 50mph from standstill in 10 seconds despite a kerb weight approaching two tons. 2,322 R-Types had been produced by the time the model was superseded by the S-Type in 1955.
    As usual, the R-Type could be ordered in chassis form for bodying by specialist coachbuilders, this example being one of the very rare handful of post-war Bentleys bodied by E D Abbott of Farnham, Surrey. We are advised that the car was sold new as a standard R-Type to The Earl of Sefton, but almost immediately re-bodied in ‘Continental’ style by Abbott. The vehicle comes with its original logbook, recording The Earl of Sefton’s ownership, and has enjoyed only five owners since, two of the latter being specialist motor dealers. The vendor advises us that the car is in outstanding condition and excellent running order, it having recently been driven from Carmarthen to London. Restored in 1986, the car currently displays total of 74,000 miles on the odometer, while there are bills on file totalling circa £26,000 for renovation and servicing. A manual transmission model, ‘OYE 700’ is finished in Tudor Dove Grey with pale beige leather interior.
    A beautiful example of its type, with distinctive ‘split’ windscreen, this unique post-war Continental-style Bentley is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to August 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon  Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon  Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon  Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon  Chassis no. B393SP Engine no. B446S
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