1953 Bentley R-Type
1953 Bentley R-Type
- Lovely Restored Example
- UK RHD Automatic Example
- Fresh Paintwork with Original Patinated Interior
- Factory build sheets on file
Launched in June 1952 the R-Type was the 2nd Post War model produced by Bentley and replaced the very similar Mk VI. In fact chassis records are known to note early R-Type’s as Mk VII’s as the R-Type name only stuck due to the RT prefix of the chassis numbers.
As was the case with most Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, the choice of a standard body was available alongside the more bespoke coachbuilt examples, sent away to a coachbuilder of your choice and fitted with various styles of body.
Powered by a 4,566cc straight six engine with an iron block, aluminium head and twin SU HD6 carburettors the R-Type put out a very respectable 130hp. When tested by ‘The Motor’ in 1953, an automatic version recorded a top speed of 101.7mph, 0-60mph in 13 seconds and 15.5 miles per gallon which for a car of its size and weight is no mean feat.
Although production only lasted 3 years, the popularity of the R-Type lead to 2,323 being made before it was succeeded by the S-Series of cars, starting with the S1 which was introduced in the same year.
This particular example was delivered in October 1953 with the optional automatic transmission and according to the factory records it was delivered to the Car Mart Ltd, Euston Road, London for trials. The early history is not known but according to the history file the car was purchased in 1987 for the princely sum of £10,000. It would remain in this ownership until 2012 . There are details of various work being carried out during this time including the brake servo being rebuilt in 1995 and the radiator being recored in 2000. In 2005 the car was laid up for 5 years after which the engine was inspected, head skimmed and valves seats renewed. The sump was removed and all the bores and bearings were checked before re-assembly. The following year another £1,500 was spent on the engine with T& G Auto Spares Ltd in Leeds. In 2012 the decision was taken to move the car on and it was exchanged for a MG TD. In 2014 the car was bought by the father of the current owner. Due to some corrosion on the lower part of the front wings and the fact that at some point in its life the car had been repainted in Black over Red the decision was made to have the car completed repainted in its original colour of Tudor Grey. Sadly, prior to having the car delivered to him, the new owner passed away. Once completed it was the wish of the family to sell the car and it was delivered to us here in the Cotswolds. In early 2016, NYY 502 was taken to D.E.W. Car Services, a well respected Bentley and Rolls-Royce specialist in Eynsham, Oxfordshire that has been working on these cars for nearly 30 years. An invoice for £2,200 details the work done which includes a full rebuild of the front brakes including the shoes, wheel cylinders and brake servo. The engine had a full tune and service including adjustment of all the tappets as well as new points and spark plugs. The gearbox was also serviced with the bands adjusted and filled with fresh oil.
Today the car presents nicely with lovely patinated interior that looking at the condition and the factory records would seem to be the original to the car. The car runs and drives extremely well and being an automatic is a cinch to drive. With values steady for the past twenty years, it can only be a matter of time before the market wakes up to how practical and good value these wonderful Bentley’s really are.