Lot 155 - 1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon (Standard Steel)
|Odometer reading||56,500 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
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.
This Standard Steel bodied R-Type is finished in two-tone black over ivory with light beige leather trim and is fitted with a half length sunroof. The 56,500 recorded miles appears to be genuine and is substantiated by good history folder, although the mileage is not warranted. Owned by the vendor since 2001, this is a very good example and one that has clearly been looked after in the correct manner. The 4566cc engine is very quiet and smooth in operation and PMB 272 drives with ease on the open road. She has all the original tools in the boot and comes with the handbook and workshop manual. The underside is wax-oiled and the chassis weathershield remain in place. Supplied with a V5 registration document, 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.