1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD
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1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster
Coachwork by H. Horsfield and Son of Halifax Registration no. ASN 669 Chassis no. B321CD
£80,000 - 100,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000

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1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD 1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster  Chassis no. B321CD
1948 Bentley Mark VI 4 ¼ litre Sportsman's Roadster
Coachwork by H. Horsfield and Son of Halifax

Registration no. ASN 669
Chassis no. B321CD

Footnotes

  • Drawing their customer base from the more sporting minded Bentley client steeped in the marque's legendary racing history and from a more conservative customer who faithfully supported the Rolls-Royce marque with its superior engineering, it was natural that Bentley's all-new post-war model would combine sporting flair, luxurious comfort and engineering finesse.

    The marque, under the control of 'W.O' Bentley, had distinguished itself some two decades earlier with spectacular victories at Le Mans and impressive record runs at Brooklands. Following Rolls-Royce's acquisition of the Bentley marque in 1931, the Derby-built 'Silent Sports Cars' were to satisfy not only those looking for a comfortable, quick touring car but they also continued the sporting pedigree, attracting many discerning and demanding motorists including the likes of Eddie Hall, who enjoyed pre-war Tourist Trophy successes, and racing drivers Sir Malcolm Campbell, Arthur Dobson, Tim Rose Richards and Prince Bira, to name but a few.

    The new generation Crewe-built post war model had much to live up to. The power unit for the new car was a silky smooth 4 1/4 litre six- cylinder engine with inlet over exhaust valves, which had been well proven in military service, and this drove through a four speed manual gearbox with the traditional right hand change lever. Rolls-Royce and Bentley were traditionally coy about the power output but the car had that superb flexibility which enabled top gear to be utilised from 10mph onwards with little apparent strain.

    A departure for the new model was the availability for the first time of factory built coachwork, although the Mark VI remained available in chassis only form for the more discerning customer who sought bespoke coachwork from the dwindling band of traditional coachbuilders.

    This car left Crewe with standard factory coachwork in 1948 destined for its first owner, a Mrs.J.M.Dykes, and although its subsequent history is not recorded it was despatched in chassis form early this century to bespoke coachbuilders H. Horsfield and Son of Halifax, specialist coachbuilders to Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars since 1948. Commissioned by a major northern motor dealer to create a special Bentley, the brief was to overhaul the chassis and mechanics and to design coachwork in a more traditional sporting form – reflecting the golden age of the 'Silent Sports Cars' of the 1930s, and perhaps bearing the imprint of the cars which took part in the 1930s Tourist Trophy races. In that respect Messrs. Horsfield certainly succeeded.

    The present owner, a discerning member of the Bentley Driver's Club who has been fortunate to own and drive 'W.O' Bentleys for some 35 years, acquired B321CD in 2008 to fill a gap in the motor house and to provide slightly easier long distance driving in his advancing years. The car has fulfilled those criteria having been widely used in North Yorkshire, Scotland and in Continental touring. The car holds station comfortably in modern traffic, copes well with motorway driving and yet is equally at home on the narrow twisting roads of the Yorkshire Dales.

    During the present ownership it has been maintained regardless of expense by Bentley specialists John Ambler and Horsfields of Halifax. Presented in British Racing Green livery, the lightweight aluminium coachwork provides comfortable seating for two with additional seating for two smaller people in the rear – an area perhaps best suited for luggage accommodation. Trimmed in black leather, the upholstery reflects most careful use and the car is offered with front and rear tonneau covers and hood as well as most practical windscreen side wind deflectors. The owner is allowing the very early 'family' VSCC, Bentley Driver's Club and Brooklands badges to be sold with the car. Overall the attention to detail is exceptional, with the leather-strapped bonnet, Flying 'B' radiator mascot, sprung spoke steering wheel, quick release petrol filler cap, wire wheels and oval side step - in short archetypally sporting 'vintage'.

    B321CD features in Ray Roberts' standard work Bentley Specials and Special Bentleys and is listed in Bernard King's reference work on the Mark VI Bentley. The car will be serviced prior to the sale and is offered with a handbook and UK registration document, along with copies of the original factory specification sheets.
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