Three Owners Only

1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel Saloon

Make: Bentley
Model: R-Type Standard Steel Saloon
Year: 1953
Registration Number: RTU 276
Chassis Number: B-11-UL
Engine Number: B-6-U
Transmission: Automatic
Steering: Right Hand Drive
Colour: Bottle Green over Shell Grey
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £32000
Road Tax Exempt

Supplied new on the 8th of October 1953 to Bovril Ltd of Old Street, London, this R-Type, which still retains its original registration number, was destined for the Right Honourable Lord Luke. The motor car has had just three owners; it’s second had the motor car in Canada from 1973. After its repatriation, the present custodian purchased the Bentley in 2014 and we understand that he carried out a programme of sympathetic improvements. This work included the fitting of five new Blockley tyres, the rechroming and/or renewing of most brightwork, and the cleaning and treatment of the underside. The vendor was informed that the bodywork was resprayed in bottle green over grey some twenty years ago and he describes it as remaining in very good order, as is the original grey leather upholstery, headlining, dashboard and door cappings. The carpets have recently been renewed. Apparently the period wireless and all instruments are in working order.

Mechanically, we are informed that there are no known faults, everything performs as it should and the Bentley drives and handles as one would expect.

All boot and under-bonnet tools are present, including the inspection lamp; the tools in the under-seat tray are also included, apart from one small spanner. A workshop manual will be supplied with the motor car, together with a rare sales catalogue and the handbook. The history file contains a quantity of invoices, correspondence, copies of the factory build sheets and the V5C registration certificate.