1953 Bentley R-Type

Imposing Garnet over Regal Red Saloon; manual gearbox; owned for the last 13 years by our vendor; used and driven; looks very inviting

Imposing, handsome and above all dignified, the Bentley R-Type is one of those cars that just exudes class from every well turned angle. And it doesn't just look good, as Autocar pointed out: "Years of painstaking research and development with mechanical perfection as the goal show their results unmistakably. Smoothness and quietness and sheer quality are in the superlative."

Looking particularly striking in Garnet over Regal Red, this 1954 example has the desirable manual gearbox and was purchased at a Brightwells auction way back in 2008. Although initially used on a  regular basis, NXL 222 has recently spent more time in the garage than on the road so, reluctantly, she is being put up for sale again.

In 2007/2008, the car was treated to a considerable recommissioning after being dry stored for many years. This was done by marque specialists Walker & Bamforth at a cost of £5,300, as documented within the file of paperwork. It has been recorded as driving approximately 1,000 miles per year, but not used that regularly since about 2013.

Now showing 90,000 miles, the interior is lovely and original although the exterior (in particular the sills) will need attention sooner than later as can be seen in the photos - a factor reflected in the very attractive guide price.

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Reg No: NXL222
Chassis Number: B111T0
Engine Number: B557
Engine Size: 4,566cc
Docs: V5C, green continuation Log Book, 7 old MOT's, Photographs, Invoices.

Estimate: £9,000+

Lot 3

Lot ended

Thursday 09/12/2021

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

£14,986
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