Lot 310 - 1955 Bentley R-Type (Standard Steel Saloon)
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,680|
The R-Type is the second series of post-war Bentley motorcars and 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, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb and 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, though Bentley was still the more popular sporting marque. The vast majority of cars produced indeed were Bentleys with some 2,500 units manufactured during the R-Type's run. During development, it was referred to as the Bentley Mk. VII. Indeed the chassis cards for these cars describe them as Bentley 7's. The R-Type name, which is now usually applied, stems from chassis series RT. The front of the saloon model was identical to the Mk. VI, but the boot was almost doubled in capacity and the engine increased in displacement from 4¼ to 4½ litres.
This Bentley R-Type has recently been restored and as such presents in very good all round condition. Originally supplied by H.R.Owen in Berkley Street, London W1 and owned by the current vendor for a number of years, this Bentley is finished in grey with light grey interior. The paintwork is in excellent order, as is the wood dashboard and the immaculate seats. Mechanically we are advised she drives with no known faults, the automatic gearbox operating as it should and she effortlessly rolls down the road with no rattles or squeaks. A well sorted Bentley and very attractively estimated.
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