1951 Bentley Mk.VI Saloon
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Last update: 21.03.2014
Car location: Tunbridge Wells, United KingdomSale type: Fixed price listing
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1951 Bentley Mk.VI Saloon for sale
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Here we have one of the nicest and most practical of all the post war Bentley Saloons. it is a 1951 Bentley MK. VI finshed in Tan over Brown with Brown leather interior. It is a UK RHD example although it has been on display in Italy for a few years. It runs and drives well although would need a certain recommissioning before being used daily. It is not currently UK Registered and the brakes were slightly binding on a recent test run. The car has been restored in the past and is extremely solid underneath and would make a very handsome car in no time at all.
'In a very short time. however. it was easily seen that the pressed steel Bentley bodies were as elegantly proportioned. as highly finished and as comfortably furnished as anything the traditional coachbuilders of the past had done; with the added virtues of immunity from rot and greater rigidity. ' - Anthony Bird & Ian Hallows. 'The Rolls-Royce Motor Car'. 1964.
The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork on the MkVI Bentley. Rolls-Royce's first post-WW2 product. the MkVI was introduced in 1946. a year ahead of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. Although mechanically similar to the MkVI. the latter was exclusively a coachbuilt car. the first 'standard steel' Rolls-Royce. the Silver Dawn. not appearing until 1949.
The decision to offer a complete car with 'in house' bodywork had been dictated by harsh economic reality. 'Export or die' was the watchword of the late 1940s and the manufacture of standardised steel-bodied cars was deemed essential to selling in sufficient quantities to overseas markets. Despite the misgivings of traditionalists. exports rose steadily and. when the home market stabilised. the classically styled 'standard steel' bodywork proved equally acceptable. making up 80% of total production of this first post-war Bentley.
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