1947 Bentley Mark VI

by Freestone & Webb, ex- Prince Varanand of Thailand

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1947
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Green
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - Spring Classics
Royal Horticultural Halls
Elverton St
Westminster
London SW1
Tuesday 8 March 2011
Estimate: £35,000 - £50,000
Registration Number: MPB 840
Chassis Number: B281BG
The launch of the Bentley Mk VI in 1946 marked a significant change in policy for Rolls-Royce by being the company’s first model to be sold complete with standardised coachwork; previously both Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars had been manufactured in chassis form only before being bodied by independent coachbuilders.
This change came about as the result of a rationalisation programme instigated during World War II, it being realised that if Rolls-Royce Motors was to survive in the post-war era a substantial increase in sales and a reduction in costs were both essential.
Announced in May 1946, the Mk VI featured a strong channel section chassis with independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension and a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Drum brakes were fitted all round, with Rolls-Royce’s mechanic