1952 Bentley R-Type
1952 Bentley R-Type
- Matching Numbers
- Chassis B-17-RS
- Engine B-68-R
- Maintained by marque specialist over the past 15 years at a cost of £70,000
Bentley Motors launched the R-Type in 1952 to replace the Bentley Mark VI, it was in fact called the Bentley 7 during initial production, and it retained many of its predecessors features including the 4.5 litre straight 6 engine but the boot was enlarged to correct a complaint many customers had launched at the Mk VI. It was a popular model for Bentley and it sold well until it was replaced by the S-Series in 1955.
This R-Type is finished in its original colour pattern or velvet green and ivory with a cream interior with green piping. It is also a matching numbers car having chassis number B-17-RS and engine B-68-R borne out by the Bentley build sheets. The car was first registered to the Bristol Motor Company Ltd on the 16th of September 1952 before being dispatched to The City Display Organisation of London who kept the car for two years and then sold it to Mr Ramsden of South Warnborough, Hampshire.
The car’s excellent condition is largely due to the previous own, another Hampshire man, who acquired the car in 2001 and had extensive work done. He employed the services of the Rolls Royce and Bentley specialists A and S Engineering who maintained the car from 2001 to 2011 repairing, replacing and servicing almost every part of the car at a cost of over £70,000. The work they completed is too long to list but they kept detailed notes and invoices which remain with the car but it is worth mentioning that the engine is still in excellent condition and the wood interior is fabulous. In addition to this the car had fresh tyres put on last year, a correct spot lamp was fitted and some minor paint improvements were done.
The car comes with its jack, tools and a good history file containing the Bentley build sheets, log book, numerous invoices and photos, a sales brochure, A and S Engineering servicing notes and invoices and previous MOTs.
This is a lovely example of these elegant and usable Bentleys which is on the button and ready to be enjoyed.