Lot 151 - 1955 Bentley R-Type by H.J.Mulliner

Lot 151 - 1955 Bentley R-Type by H.J.Mulliner

Lot 151 - 1955 Bentley R-Type by H.J.Mulliner

Lot Number 151
Registration NXV 797
Chassis Number B259SP
Engine Number B419T
Estimate £24,000 - £30,000

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 was a development of the Mk. VI Bentley with several mechanical improvements such as higher rear axle ratios. 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 VII's. The R-Type name, which is now usually applied, stems from chassis series RT.   

This delightful Bentley has been owned within the same family since 1985. The penultimate owner having passed away a couple of years ago, the family transferred ownership into their name. Always having been a much enjoyed and cared example, it was decided during lockdown to try and bring the car back up to a good standard in memory of their late father. Specialist mechanical repairs were carried out which included replacing the head gasket and ensuring the ‘one shot’ lubrication system works correctly. The interior was thoroughly cleaned, with the leather being treated and the wood refurbished. During our inspection, the car started immediately when requested and ran extremely well, the 4566cc engine sounded excellent. We are advised she drives well with no known faults. This stylish, aluminium bodied R-Type, with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner is competitively estimated given the condition of the car and is well worth further inspection.

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