1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N

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Lot 106Ω
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N

Sold for CHF 62,100 (US$ 67,555) inc. premium
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd

Chassis no. B499LNY
Engine no. B499N
• Rare coachbuilt soft-top Mark VI
• Original left-hand drive model
• Delivered new to the USA
• Present ownership since 2008
• Matching numbers chassis and engine

Please note this motor car is subject to the normal local duty/import tax on Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium.
Bonhams is the guarantor of the customs duties and taxes clearance: consequently, this motor car cannot be released to the buyer or his transporter immediately after the sale.

• Exceptionnelle Mark VI à carrosserie spéciale découvrable
• Conduite à gauche d'usine
• Livrée neuve aux Etats-Unis
• Propriété de son vendeur depuis 2008
• Numéros de moteur et châssis concordants

Veuillez noter que cette voiture est soumise à la taxe locale d'importation sur le prix de vente et la prime de l'acheteur.
Bonhams est le garant du dédouanement des droits et taxes : par conséquent, cette voiture ne peut être remise à l'acheteur ou à son transporteur immédiatement après la vente.

Footnotes

  • Despite the popularity of the factory's standard steel body, premiered on the MkVI Bentley, a coachbuilt alternative remained the preferred choice of many customers. Indeed, anyone desiring a soft-top Rolls-Royce or Bentley had no alternative but to commission one from an independent coachbuilder, there being no factory-built alternative at this time.

    With the passage of time many Mark VIs have lost their original bodywork, in many cases because it had deteriorated beyond economical repair. Not so this left-hand drive example, chassis number 'B499LNY', which retains its original drophead coupé coachwork by Park Ward Ltd. Delivered to the shippers on 1st October 1952, 'B499LNY' was supplied new via the United States importer J S Inskip to first owner J S Fitch, Esq of Washington, Pennsylvania, USA. Accompanying copy chassis cards show that the Bentley was ordered with various options including flashing indicators; bonnet locks; power operated hood; medium wave radio; sealed beam headlamps; 'Made in England' plate; and whitewall tyres.

    Unfortunately, nothing else is known of its early history, chronologically the next evidence on file being a State of Florida Certificate of Title in the name of Mary M Coffin of Palm Beach issued on 28th January 2003. The current vendor purchased the Bentley in March 2008 from Fashion Management Europe (purchase invoice on file). A wonderful opportunity to own a handsome and rare coachbuilt Mark VI soft-top, the ultimate in 'fresh air' motoring in its day.

    Although the current odometer reading states 57,067 miles, this Bentley would benefit from a complete respray and some cosmetic work in the interior. An overhaul of its mechanical components is to also required. In addition the soft top has to be restored. However, the chassis looks solid, and the car retains its matching numbers engine.

    Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Cabriolet 1952
    Carrosserie H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd
    Châssis n° B499LNY
    Moteur n° B499N

    Bien que la carrosserie acier standard de l'usine, inaugurée sur les Bentley Mk VI, ait rencontré un vif succès, beaucoup de clients préférèrent des carrosseries spéciales. Effectivement, celui qui désirait une Rolls-Royce ou une Bentley découvrable n'avait d'autre choix que de passer commande à un carrossier indépendant, car il n'existait alors aucune offre d'usine.

    Au fil des années, de nombreuses Mark VI ont perdu leur carrosserie d'origine, souvent parce qu'elle s'était dégradée au point de ne plus être réparable, économiquement parlant. Ce n'est pas le cas de cet exemplaire à direction à gauche, numéro de châssis B499LNY, toujours équipé de sa carrosserie de coupé découvrable due à Park Ward Ltd. Remise à son expéditeur le 1er octobre 1952, la B499LNY fut livrée par les soins de l'importateur américain J. S. Inskip à son premier propriétaire, M. J. S. Fitch, de Washington, en Pennsylvanie. La copie du dossier de montage du châssis de cette Bentley montre qu'elle a été commandée avec de nombreuses options, dont des clignotants, des verrous de capot, une capote motorisée, un autoradio à ondes moyennes, des projecteurs sealed-beam, une plaque 'Made in England' et des pneus à flancs blancs.

    On ne sait malheureusement rien d'autre de ses premières années. Le premier document suivant présent à son dossier est un titre de propriété délivré le 28 janvier 2003 par l'Etat de Floride au nom de Mary M. Coffin, de Palm Beach. Son vendeur actuel a acheté cette Bentley en mars 2008 auprès de Fashion Management Europe (facture d'achat présente au dossier). C'est là une magnifique occasion de posséder une rare et élégante Mark VI à carrosserie spéciale découvrable, le nec plus ultra de son époque en matière de conduite à l'air libre. Bien que le compteur indique 57 067 miles, cette Bentley bénéficierait d'une peinture complète ainsi que de divers travaux esthétiques dans l'habitacle. Une révision de sa mécanique serait également à prévoir. En outre, la capote nécessite une restauration. Néanmoins, le châssis semble solide et les numéros châssis et moteurs concordent.
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1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B499LNY Engine no. B499N
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