Lot 261 - 1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel Saloon
|Odometer reading||26,244 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
Bentley Motors Limited was founded on 18th January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just 'W.O.' Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. After the war W. O. Bentley designed and made production cars that won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1924 and following models which repeated those successes each June 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. The R-Type is the second series of post-war Bentleys, replacing 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 coachbuilt versions by firms including H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and Freestone and Webb amongst others. Even by this date, there was little difference (other than the radiator grilles and the carburation) between the standard Bentley R-Type and the Rolls Royce Silver Dawn, allthough Bentley was still the more popular marque.
This delightful Bentley R-Type is fitted with the more desirable automatic transmission. A very sound example retaining most of the original features including the tool-kit, this Bentley is one of the better examples around. The vendor has enjoyed owning VVS 742 and has regularly invested money in her to keep the car up to standard. To be expected, the seats show a little wear, although nothing too detrimental to the car and the walnut wood appears to be in good order. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a history file, Bentley R-Types have enjoyed a resurgence in values of late, this one is attractively priced given the condition.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.