1952 Bentley Mark VI

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1952
  • Chassis number 
    B239NY
  • Lot number 
    255
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Sports
Coachwork by Charles Palmer
Registration no. LTD 230
Chassis no. B239NY

In the absence of anything remotely resembling its Vintage-era touring models from the post-war Bentley range, enthusiasts with a yen for stripped-down, wind-in-the-hair excitement had little choice but to opt for a conversion. A number of specialist coachbuilders offered variations on the theme, and this particular Mark VI has an open two-seater lightweight body, with twin aero screens, in the style of a Brooklands racer.

The body was built by Charles Palmer (Classic Restorations of Alyth) in 2010, while the original walnut dashboard and instruments have been retained. In addition to fabricating the new coachwork, which incorporates a Harry Rose tub, the team at Classic Restorations removed the cruciform bracing and 12" from the mid chassis. They also lowered the suspension by 1½", fitted modern shock absorbers at the rear, and added an overdrive for more relaxed 'long legged' cruising in top gear.

The paintwork is flawless deep blue complemented by black fenders, black leather seats, and Wilton carpets. A full (split) tonneau cover provides protection for the cockpit when the occupants are away from the car, while allowing the passenger side to remain covered when driving solo. A useful luggage box sits in front of the fuel tank. We are advised by the vendor that 'LTD 230' is a joy to drive, with feather-light steering, huge torque, and remarkable acceleration. Offered with history file, restoration bills, and a V5C.