1949 Bentley Mark V

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1949
  • Mileage 
    26 535 mi / 42 704 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Country VAT 
    GB
  • Chassis number 
    B22EY
  • Engine number 
    B11E
  • Lot number 
    19
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Introduced in 1946, the MKVI was Bentley's first post-war model. Aimed at the emerging 'owner-driver' luxury car market, the newcomer was closely based on the 1939 MKV (of which only fifteen were produced). Built around a massive cruciform-braced chassis with independent front suspension and a leaf-sprung 'live' rear axle, it was fitted with a freshly developed 4257cc OISE (overhead inlet side exhaust valve) straight-six engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Capable of over 100mph when clad in the factory's understated 'standard steel saloon' coachwork, the MKVI quickly developed a reputation for being a refined yet responsive drive. However, despite the excellence of the 'basic' car, there remained a core of marque enthusiasts who found its styling too anonymous. Known for the quality and elegance of its renderings, H.J. Mulliner clothed some 307 MKVI chassis. Deservedly popular, the London coachbuilder's design number 7059 - a handsome four-door six-light saloon with semi-razor edge lines - accounted for some 125 sales.

Built to Works Order Number 1040, chassis B22EY was then dispatched to H.J. Mulliner to become one of the 125. Road registered by Worcestershire County Council as 'HUY 53' in July 1949, the Bentley changed hands several times thereafter before being extensively restored during the 1980s. Entering the current family ownership at the end of that decade, the MKVI has been sparingly used over the past twenty-eight years but is understood to have been kept in good running order (its late owner was a talented engineer and former board member of Rolls-Royce). Treated to a new exhaust, fuel system overhaul and replacement water pump during the last six months, 'HUY 53' is summed-up by the seller as 'a sound and usable car which would benefit from some cosmetic work and general fettling'. Offered for sale with a history file and MOT certificate valid until July 2017.