Lot 132 - 1949 Bentley Mk. VI Sports Saloon
|Sold - £20,160
As the country slowly reverted to a peacetime economy, Rolls-Royce moved its Motor Division out of Derby to a facility it had established at Crewe in Cheshire for the purpose of building Spitfire engines. Pyms Lane was to become the longest ever serving home to the marque; and it so remains today. The motor manufacturers of Great Britain woke up to a new reality, with a completely new and ultra-punitive taxation culture - a direct consequence of the massive debt that the country had run up in order to defeat fascism. In this austere climate, Rolls-Royce were faced with a massive challenge to which they rose with great credit and foresight when they launched the Mk. VI. This model employed a six-cylinder 4¼ litre engine in a hefty chassis fitted with independent front suspension. For the first time ever, they produced a model with a standard steel saloon body, although rolling chassis could be purchased and delivered to a coachbuilders to be fitted with a body designed to your personal specification, as every Bentley produced prior to 1940 had been. The great success of this model ensured sufficient breathing space for the parent company to re-establish its presence in the post-war motoring world.
The current vendor acquired this elegant example of a standard steel saloon back in 2004, some 13 years ago and has enjoyed its company ever since. Prior to this however, it was owned by an elderly gentleman, the late Sydney Jones in Avon, who had recently had the interior renewed and brightwork re-chromed. It was delivered from the factory, with maroon coachwork, to Jack Barclay Ltd, London and thence to Mr. R. Prichard-Jones. With a brief sojourn with Duncan Hamilton & Co., it made its way into the vendor's extremely experienced hands. He then stripped the car to bare metal and repainted it to the classic Bentley colour scheme you see today of Masons Black over ivory. The engine came out and new pistons were fitted. After a re-bore and new crankshaft bearings, the car was re-assembled. It has always been serviced regularly and proved entirely reliable since. Presented with its factory records, a new MoT test certificate and a UK V5C registration certificate, this stylish and eminently useable classic is sensibly priced and ready to be enjoyed.
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