Wed, 7th Jul 2021 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens Buxton

  Lot 40

1951 Bentley MKVI Saloon
Current ownership since 2000

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: PRB 745
Chassis No: B395LH
MOT: Exempt

  • Finished in Shell over Tudor Grey and matched to Red leather interior
  • Current ownership since 2000
  • Subject to a previous engine and gearbox overhaul
  • Offered with Brown logbook, chassis card records plus a collection of old MOT's

Introduced in 1946, the MKVI was Bentley's first post-war model. Built around a massive cruciform-braced chassis with independent front suspension and a leaf-sprung 'live' rear axle, it was fitted with a freshly developed 4257cc OISE (overhead inlet side exhaust valve) straight-six engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Capable of over 100mph when clad in the factory's understated but stylish 'standard steel saloon' coachwork, the MKVI quickly developed a reputation for being a refined yet responsive drive. Finished in Shell over Tudor Grey matched to a Red leather interior ‘PRB745’ was supplied new by Kennings Ltd of Clay Cross, Derbyshire where it has always remained in the same area and is the 4th from last small-bore example made. Having been in current ownership since 2000 and displaying a credible but unwarranted 71,266 miles ‘PRB745’ is offered with Brown logbook, handbook, chassis card records, tool kit plus a collection of old MOT certificates. Previously subject to an engine and gearbox overhaul by the vendor and fitted with an S/S exhaust the vendor informs us it is a ‘Very’ solid example and currently grades the engine, transmission, interior, electrical equipment and bodywork as Very Good’ with the paintwork as ‘Good’.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

H&H are indebted to the vendor for the following description:-

The car has been with the current owner for over 20 years and much work has been done in this time. The car has the original green logbook and also a copy of the chassis build card. The body had been restored prior to the current owner purchasing the car. It had all new sills, new boot floor and a new spare wheel door.

The work done in the current ownership includes:

  • Rebuilt engine, Pistons are +20 and crankshaft is 10 thou under size. New valve guides, etc.
  • Full stainless steel exhaust,
  • Gearbox has been overhauled and now has the W1 washer mod.
  • A new clutch was fitted when the gearbox over-hauled.
  • The differential has been checked over and new seals fitted.
  • The braking system has had all master and wheel cylinders sleeved in stainless.
  • The radiator shell, slats, horn grills, front bumpers and over-riders, windscreen frame, body side waist trims all new chrome. The car was resprayed approximately 10 years ago and is in good condition.
  • The interior is in very good condition.
  • Fitted with front inertia seatbelts.
  • The car is fitted 650 R16 radial tyres.

The car has a handbook and it has all the under bonnet and boot tools. The small tool tray is almost complete with original tools (two missing).

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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