Wed, 17th Nov 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 28

1953 Bentley R-Type Special

Sold for £61,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: NOH 757
Chassis No: B291SP
MOT: Exempt

  • Fitted with an FB60 Rolls-Royce 4-litre straight-six engine mated to automatic transmission
  • Recently completed and ready to be enjoyed
  • New interior, hood, wheels and tyres

Based around a 1953 R-Type, the build of NOH 757 including stripping the donor vehicle back to the bare chassis which was blasted and painted having been found to require no welding. All suspension parts and the braking system were then checked, cleaned and refitted whilst the brakes were converted to hydraulics front and rear and a remote servo fitted. The FB60 Rolls-Royce engine was stripped and checked over by a specialist, its alloy construction allowing not only for weight saving but also far more pleasant steering characteristics over the cast iron unit. The bodywork was constructed in the traditional manner using a hard wood frame, aluminium and ply covered with quality Everflex. The wheels were custom made by Torrino Wheels of Peterborough and shod with Blockley tyres. The interior, seats and doors have been trimmed in quality leather whilst the hood is of Mohair. Attention to detail is evidenced by the presence of the correct Bentley jack and wheel brace being present in the toolbox. Offered with V5c and a collection of photographs from the build NOH 757 is now described as having “very good” body, paint, interior, engine and transmission, this recently completed special is only being offered for sale to allow the vendor to concentrate on other projects.

Introduced in 1946, the MKVI was Bentley's first post-WW2 model. Aimed at the emerging 'owner-driver' luxury car market, it was fitted with a freshly developed 4257cc engine mated to four-speed manual transmission. Suspension was independent by coil springs at the front and by leaf springs at the rear. Braking was by mechanically-assisted drums all-round. Unfortunately, the variable quality of steel available in the post-WW2 period meant that the MKVI's Standard Steel Saloon coachwork rarely lasted as long as Crewe had intended, and by the mid-1960s there were plenty of mechanically strong but cosmetically untidy cars running around. From that time onwards, the tradition of building Bentley MKVI-based Specials has been long and proud.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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