|Cars - Bentley|
|Odometer reading||38,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 19th July 2011 Car - 19/07/2011 / 1953 Bentley R Type / Lot 265
The R Type is the second series of post-war Bentley motorcars and replacing the Mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well coachbuilt versions by firms including H.J.Mulliner, Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb and others. Even by this date, there was little difference (other than the radiator grilles and the carburetion) between the standard Bentley R Type and the Rolls Royce Silver Dawn, though Bentley was still the more popular marque. The vast majority of cars produced indeed were Bentleys with some 2,500 units manufactured during R Type's run. During development, it was referred to as the Bentley Mark VII. Indeed the chassis cards for these cars describe them as Bentley 7. The R-Type name, which is now usually applied, stems from chassis series RT. The front of the saloon model was identical to the Mark VI, but the boot (trunk) was almost doubled in capacity. This most elegant example is presented in the attractive colour scheme of navy blue over cream. 252UXH underwent a complete restoration which was completed approximately three years ago and, according to the vendor, to a very high standard. The interior was completely replaced, with the seats have been finished in new navy Connelly leather piped in cream. The headlining was also replaced as indeed were the Wilton carpets, all the woodwork has been taken out and refinished to a very high standard in keeping with the rest of the car. 252UXH is also mechanically superb with a rebuilt 4¼ litre engine being fitted at time of restoration. Since then, it has been maintained by marque specialists, Hofmann's of Henley. The car is described by the vendor to be in extremely good order. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate and a history file including invoices back to 2005.