Coys Auction - True Greats
Royal Horticultural Halls
Thursday 4th December 2008
The launch of the Bentley Mk VI in 1946 marked a significant change in policy for Rolls-Royce by being the company‘s first wholly produced car, previously both Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars had been manufactured in chassis form only before being bodied by independent bespoke coachbuilders. This change came about as the result of a rationalisation programme instigated before World War Two, it being realised that if Rolls-Royce Motors was to survive in the post-war years a substantial increase in manufacturing output would be necessary.
Announced in May 1946, the Mk VI featured a strong channel section chassis with independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension allied to a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Drum brakes were fitted all round, together with Rolls-Royce‘s mechanically-driven servo assistance, the f