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|Bentley Mark VI Standard Steel Saloon|
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|Year : 1950|
Make : Bentley
Model : Mk VI
Body Type : Standard Steel Saloon
Colour : Midnight Blue over Shell Grey
Trim : Blue Grey Leather
History : Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd made a complete departure from their former policy by announcing in 1946 the introduction of an entirely new Bentley that was factory built throughout. It was fitted with their design of “Standard” all steel bodywork, finished and furnished at Crewe where Bentley production still continues to this day. The tried and tested six cylinder 4256cc engine was retained, fitted with detachable aluminium alloy cylinder head with inserted valve seats. This was fitted to a frame chassis which was riveted with cruciform centre bracing and a box section pan to support the front suspension components. Lubrication was by a Bijur centralised system, operated by a foot pump situated just to the left of the steering column on right hand drive motor cars. It was advised that this pedal should be depressed once every one hundred miles. The manual gearbox had four forward gears with synchromesh on second, third and fourth gear. Engine capacity was increased to 4566cc in 1951. Despite the relatively high price tag when compared to other luxury cars available immediately after the war, the demand for this motor car was substantial. Sales were of such a brisk nature that customers were soon advised to be patient, with waiting lists for new Bentley Mk VI’s becoming ever longer, with lead times stretching to over three years by the early 1950s. Production lasted until 1952 with more than 5,000 chassis finding their way to lucky new owners making it one of Bentley’s most successful models ever. Chassis No B389EW which we are currently offering for sale was completed in August of 1949, finished in black pearl and delivered to Edgar and Sam Booth in Sussex England. In more recent times the car has belonged to a BDC member in Surrey who owned the car for in excess of twenty years prior to our acquisition. During his ownership the car was always maintained by a noted Bentley specialist. A large history file is present with the car documenting the works carried out over the past two decades. The coachwork, now midnight blue over shell grey was restored and refreshed in 2006, and is still in very nice condition some six years on. It is complete with its original handbook and a selection of tools all stored in the sliding tray located under the glove box. This charming Mk VI has been prepared in our workshops for the next owner to enjoy.
Condition : Good condition.
Technical Data : Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in line configuration engine, 4.25 litres displacement, 4257cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.
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