Lot 156 - 1949 Bentley Mk. VI Special by Geoffrey Shrive
|£38,000 - £46,000
The Bentley Mk. VI was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley, produced from 1946 to 1952. It was also the first car from Rolls-Royce with factory coachwork although the chassis were still also supplied to independent coachbuilders. The chassis and engine went on to be used as the basis of those in 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.
Manufactured in 1949 this Bentley Special is one of 33 cars modified by Geoffrey Shrive in Harlington during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Most of the Shrive Specials went to the U.S. however this example found its way to Scotland where it remained until a couple of years ago. The current vendor commissioned a respray on the car and the fitment of new wet weather gear. Presenting now in blue coachwork with black interior and sitting proudly on wire wheels, the proportions of this Mk. VI Special are very good making this a very handsome car. We are advised the 4¼ litre engine starts on the button and runs very well. The gearbox operates as it should and this Bentley offers brisk performance, particularly taking into account it is 75 years old. This is a very elegant Mk. VI Special, manufactured by the most famous marque in the world.
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