Coys Auction - Techno Classica Essen
Saturday 2 April 2011
Motor Cars 15:00
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Estimate: €75,000 - €90,000
Registration Number: TBC
Chassis Number: B279FU
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 was 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-