Lot 124 - 1951 Bentley Mk. VI Lightweight Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
|Odometer reading||70,269 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
- A rare lightweight saloon by H.J. Mulliner
- One of 49 cars built to this design
The Bentley Mk. VI was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley and produced from 1946 to 1952, it was also the first car from Rolls-Royce with factory coachwork but chassis were still supplied to independent coachbuilders. The chassis and engine went on to be used as the basis of 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. Those buyers with a more discerning palette and deeper pockets also had the option of using one of the many coachbuilders available at the time such as H.J. Mulliner & Co, a British coachbuilding company started in 1900 in Brook Street, London. The company prospered, being closely linked from the outset with the leading makers of chassis and practically with Rolls-Royce. Coachbuilding continued after the Second World War but on a reduced scale and, in 1959, an approach was made to Rolls-Royce which resulted in the company being taken over by them and eventually merging with their other coachbuilding company in 1961 to make H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward.
This stylish Bentley Mk. VI lightweight saloon by H.J. Mulliner is one of 41 cars built to design number 7243, it was supplied new by the Bristol Motor Company Ltd, in August 1951, to W. J. Naylor (painting contractors) Ltd, based in Bristol. The car was ordered specifically without a sunroof and painted in royal blue. According to the registration document, this car only had two owners until 2000. In the mid 2000’s it was purchased by a Belgium gentleman who was a member of the RREC, he then sold it and it was registered in Germany. Now finished in blue and silver with the original blue leather interior, this Mk. VI lightweight saloon is supplied with the German registration documents and a set of the chassis cards supplied by the RREC. The Mulliner lightweight is regarded as one of the prettiest coachwork designs fitted on the Mk. VI chassis, so much so, Mulliner built a further 34 examples on the later R-Type.
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