Wed, 8th Sep 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 53

1948 Bentley MK VI Saloon

Sold for £25,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JYN 276
Chassis No: B220DA
MOT: May 2022

  • Finished in Tudor over Shell Grey complemented by St James Red hide upholstery
  • 115,500 recorded miles and offered with a collection of invoices and old MOT's
  • Treated to a thorough restoration in 2001/2002 and subject to recent expenditure

'JYN 276' is a smartly presented Standard Steel Saloon which according to the odometer, has travelled 114,000 miles to date. These lovely period Bentleys can be expensive to restore, so it is good to know this example was treated to a thorough refresh in 2001/2002, during which sections of bodywork were renewed as required by specialists Healey Brothers, and the car then resprayed in the classic combination of Tudor over Shell Grey. The outer livery is complemented by St James Red hide upholstery. An exhaust manifold was fitted in 2019 and the car benefits from recent fettling of the ignition system (including new HT leads, spark plugs and coil), braking system and clutch. ‘JYN 276’ is now available for somebody else to enjoy, and comes with factory build sheets, original handbook, copy of the workshop manual, collection of invoices relating to the restoration, plus various older bills, tax discs and a large collection of MOTs dating back to 1987. The vendor currently grades engine, transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork all as ‘Very Good’ and although exempt is offered with an MOT certificate into May 2022.

Introduced in 1946, Bentley's MKVI was the first vehicle ever offered by the company with factory-designed coachwork, and the first to be assembled in Rolls-Royce's Crewe factory rather than the old Derby premises. Aimed at the emerging 'owner-driver' luxury car market, the newcomer was closely based on the 1939 MKV (of which only fifteen were produced). 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 'standard steel saloon' coachwork, the MKVI quickly developed a reputation for being a refined yet responsive drive.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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