Lot 145 - 1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon (Standard steel)
|Odometer reading||29,149 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,400|
The R-Type is the second series of post-war Bentley motorcars and replaced 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. Indeed, the vast majority of cars produced 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; even 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 automatic Bentley R-Type has been sourced from a large collection and presents well with black over grey coachwork and Blood Red leather trim. Originally registered on 9th March, 1954, this elegant example has spent much of its recent life in Ireland and boasts a wealth of servicing and maintenance bills covering the past 17 years. Although clearly restored a number of years ago, this example could now benefit from some further light restoration work with the trim just passing the 'patina' stage and the woodwork, although complete, in need of some treatment but by no means in poor condition. Attractively estimated, this very usable example has character and charm in abundance and represents a great opportunity to own and enjoy a 1950's Bentley.
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.