Lot 188 - 1948 Bentley Mk. VI Saloon
|Odometer reading||19,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The Bentley Mk. VI was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley, produced from 1946 to 1952. It was also the first car from Rolls-Royce with factory coachwork although chassis were still also supplied to independent coachbuilders. The chassis and engine went on to be used as the basis of those in the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith of 1946 and Silver Dawn of 1949. The factory bodies were made by Pressed Steel Ltd of Coventry and sent to the Bentley works at Crewe for painting and fitting out with traditional wood and leather. They featured rear hinged 'suicide' doors at the front and a sliding sunroof.
This standard steel example, first registered in the summer of 1948, is presented in black and silver with a cream leather interior. The body work and chassis are all in good order and the interior is complete with no significant rips or tears, however would benefit from a tidy-up. With just one former keeper from new, it is a good honest example of this early post-war luxury car which can be used or restored, coupled with an original tool kit and history file including the V5 registration document. Although the body and interior may require some attention, the engine and transmission is described by the owner as very good and this example is reasonably reserved- ready for the next stage of its life.
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.