Lot 301 - 1953 Bentley R-Type
|Odometer reading||37,161 miles|
|Estimate||£33,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
The R-Type is the second series of post-war Bentley motorcars and replaced the Mk. VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk. VI, the R-Type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S-Series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well as coach-built versions by firms including H.J.Mulliner, Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb and others. Even by this date, there was little difference (other than the radiator grills and the carburation) between the standard Bentley R-Type and the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn although Bentley was still the more popular marque. The vast majority of cars produced indeed were Bentleys with some 2500 units manufactured during the R-Type's run. During development, it was referred to as the Bentley Mk. VII; the chassis cards for these cars describe them as Bentley 7. The R-Type name, which is now usually applied, stems from chassis series RT.
This most elegant example is presented in the attractive colour scheme of navy blue over cream. 252 UXH underwent a complete restoration which was completed approximately five years ago and, according to the vendor, to a very high standard. The interior was completely replaced, with the seats finished in new navy Connelly leather piped in cream. The headlining was also replaced as indeed were the Wilton carpets with all the woodwork taken out and refinished to a very high standard in keeping with the rest of the car. 252 UXH is in good order mechanically with a rebuilt 4¼ litre engine being fitted at time of restoration. Described by the vendor as being pleasant to drive; supplied with a V5 registration document and a history file, this handsome R-Type is reluctantly being sold due to lack of suitable storage facilities.
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