Lot 178 - 1950 Bentley Mk. VI Standard Steel Saloon
|Odometer reading||12,494 miles|
|Result||Sold - £17,546|
The Mk. VI four-door standard steel sports saloon was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley. Announced in May 1946 and produced from 1946 to 1952 it was also the first car from Rolls-Royce with all-steel coachwork. It was also the first complete car assembled and finished at their factory. These very expensive cars were a genuine success. These models had a shorter wheelbase chassis and the engine was a variant of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith of 1946 and, with the same standard steel body, became the cautiously introduced Silver Dawn of 1949. In 1952 both Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Bentley Mk. VI standard steel bodies were modified to incorporate a boot of about twice the size and the result became known as the R-Type Bentley. Mk. VI engines and chassis were modified to provide higher performance and sold to be bodied by selected coachbuilders as the first Bentley Continentals.
This handsome looking example is presented in black over cream with a light beige leather interior. Its four litre engine runs smoothly and is mated to a manual gearbox. The interior has a nice patina with all the wood in generally good condition and the car has the added benefit of a fitted sunroof. The present owner purchased this car in 2012 and has had it garaged since, using it sparingly, he has maintained it mechanically whilst in his ownership.
The car is currently SORN and is accompanied by a history file containing various invoices showing works carried out over the years. This wonderful example of these pretty four-door saloons that graced our roads back in the 1950s and today, is offered at a very reasonable reserve.
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