1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE 4 1/2 LITRE SPORTS SALOON MANUAL FOR EASY RESTORATION for sale
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1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel Sports Saloon with manual gearbox. Black over Shell Grey. Working sunroof. First delivered in February 1953 to a Mr R. A. Cowan of Cowan's Ltd in Tudor Grey over Shell Grey. Then passed on to a Mr Lazenby when it was registered 'KGG 1' before leaving these shores for the US where it spent the rest of its life until last year. The car was owned by the vice-chairman of the US section of the Bentley Driver's Club for over 10 years and dry-stored due to ill-health. The R-Type has been recommissioned for road use with work to the engine. brakes. clutch. exhaust and fitted with brand new tyres (whitewalls but these can be reversed if desired). The car runs & drives well and is now ready for an easy cosmetic restoration. The body panels on this car are particularly straight & solid with excellent door shuts & panel fit. The chassis. sills & underbody appears sound & solid. However. I have noted that there is a hole in the floor on the offside rear footwell. The chrome is particularly good on this car with excellent front grille and very good bumpers. The interior trim is very good apart from all four armrests (front are torn and rear ones have seen better days and some door cards may need attention. The woodwork is generally good but dashboard is cracked in the usual lower corners & despite being serviceable. all would benefit from relacquering which doesn't cost the earth but makes such a difference. The car will also need new carpets. The headlining is good but would respond well to a good clean. The original sunvisors are present but in a poor state. This list is non-exhaustive but this is what I have been able to assess. This is my opinion only and interested parties and strongly encouraged to view before bidding. Please note that the car has been fitted with fibreglass front wings and outer sills at some point so will never rust as that is their weak points BUT this has been done to a very high standard AND please note I do have a pair of original front steel wings which I will throw in at the buy now price for the odd purist. With prices of excellent R-Types now fetching north of £ 35K and rising. this will prove to be a most rewarding project for someone or perhaps for a special ? Shame for us purists but why not. Car sold as seen with no warranty implied or given and is supplied with customs papers for UK registration. P/X welcome subject to ebay rules. Viewing welcome by prior arrangement in Sittingbourne. Kent. I do have another R-Type in excellent condition which I will be listing shortly with price to match its condition. Good luck to all. Any Q's. please ask.
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