1948 Bentley MkVI 4.25-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B183DZ Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 628
1948 Bentley MkVI 4.25-Litre Saloon
Registration no. KLD 450 Chassis no. B183DZ Engine no. to be advised

Sold for £ 16,675 (US$ 22,009) inc. premium
1948 Bentley MkVI 4.25-Litre Saloon
Registration no. KLD 450
Chassis no. B183DZ
Engine no. to be advised
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 new ‘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 six-cylinder engine featuring inlet-over-exhaust valve gear and breathing through a Stromberg carburettor (Rolls-Royce) or twin SUs (Bentley).
The Autocar magazine was highly impressed with their MkVI test car in the Spring of 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.”
Continually maintained over the years but now in need of some cosmetic refurbishment, this ‘standard steel’ MkVI has – we are advised – been driven on a daily basis by its last two owners. The car was driven past Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, and has appeared in the BBC television series Miss Marple Investigates. Automatic transmission, windscreen washer, external mirrors, immobiliser and rear internal mirrors are the only listed deviations from factory specification. The car comes complete with tools, torch, starting handle, tyre pump, travel kit and (spare) air horn, and is offered with sundry maintenance/service invoices, current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5 document.
1948 Bentley MkVI 4.25-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B183DZ Engine no. to be advised
1948 Bentley MkVI 4.25-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. B183DZ Engine no. to be advised
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