1952 Bentley R Type Standard Steel Saloon
Reg. no. KCJ 911
Chassis no. B141TO
Engine no. B70T
For 1952, Bentley’s Mark VI was updated and mildly redesigned to become the R-Type. The 4.6 litre straight-six and 4-speed gearbox were both carried over, as was the chassis and much of the steel body. The main difference was the boot, which doubled in capacity. As with its predecessor, most R-Types had ‘standard steel’ bodies fitted at the factory. Like its Rolls-Royce stablemates, the car was available for external coachbuilders, but this was a dying practice. Performance was good for what was in many ways a pre-war design; over 100mph was possible in the standard saloon. Of course, the interior was superbly finished in wood and leather, making these fabulous cars for both driving and being driven in. 2,323 were built before the advent of the S1 in 1955.
This early R-Type standard steel saloon was purchased by the vendor as a ‘barn find’ in 2010. It was then treated to a thorough three year restoration at a cost of over £13,000; work included stripping the car down to bare metal and sorting any rust areas, a respray in the original colours, and a new exhaust and new carpets. In 2016, it had over £10,000 spent on the engine. The result is a very good example of an R-Type. The car comes with a V5c and bills for the work done.
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