1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM

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Lot 15
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Registration no. GEA 333 Chassis no. B379BM

Sold for £ 12,937 (US$ 17,481) inc. premium
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Registration no. GEA 333
Chassis no. B379BM
Odometer reading: 82,589
MOT: Exempt


*Older, previously restored example
*Good history
*Sold for recommissioning


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Footnotes

  • Please note the chassis number should read B379MB
    The Bentley MKVI was first production car to be produced by Bentley following the end of WWII. The backstory behind the MKVI goes back to 1944 with Rolls-Royce executive W. A. Robotham, who predicted a limited demand for rolling chassis cars with bespoke coach-built bodies following WWII. As a result, he negotiated a deal with the Pressed Steel Company who would produce a luxurious yet purpose-built body to seat four passengers. The result was the MKVI, which underpinnings were later used in the Rolls-Royce Wraith and Silver Dawn.

    This 1951 example is a four-door standard steel saloon that's presented in a beautiful dark blue with black wings, and beige leather interior, and is good order. The car was owned for much of its life by glamorous high society whirlwind Mrs Ama Rigamonte Tasca Di Cuto. The Bentley was used to travel antiques from Ennismore Gardens, London to their family seat in Sicily. Purchased by the enthusiast vendor in 2016 this is an older restored example with an original interior. It is running and driving well but has not been used since 2019. Following this period of inactivity, recommissioning is recommended prior to returning the car to active use.

    Vendor Score Total: 65/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 17/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Glass: 3
    Paint: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12/20
    Axles: 3
    Brakes: 3
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Suspension: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6/10
    Ancillary components: 3
    Main components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 15/20
    Mechanical components: 4
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 3

    Car History File: 3

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number should read B379MB
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon  Chassis no. B379BM
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