Bentley R-Type is a classic car manufactured by Bentley Motors between 1952 and 1955. Notable sales
In 2004, H&H Auctions sold a 1953 Bentley R-Type Park Ward Drophead Coupe for £115,000.
A burgundy 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback was sold just short of its estimate for $550,000 by RM Auctions, Monterey, in 2008.
In 2010, Gooding & Company auctioned a 1952 Bentley R-Type Coupe for $105,600.
The Bentley R-Type was introduced at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. Between 1952 and 1955, 2,320 R-Types were produced.
Originally the car was going to be called the MkVII but Jaguar had already secured rights to the name.
The car was available with a standard body or a coachbuilt body made by firms including H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and Freestone and Webb.
The standard R-Type could achieve 106mph in silence and do 0-50mph in 10 seconds despite a weight nearing two tons.
The R-type is the successor of Rolls-Royce’s first post World War II production car, the MkVI. The major criticism of the MkVI was the size of the boot which was insufficient. The R-Type is very similar to the MkVI but has a much larger boot. Not long after the release of the R-Type an option of automatic transmission became available. This model also had a more efficient cylinder head and was slightly faster than the previous model.
Before the war, various sporting Bentleys had appeared and one had been raced at Brooklands and later at Le Mans. Referred to as the R-Type Continental, the car had a top speed of nearly 120mph, making it the fastest four seater car of its time. 207 R-Type Continentals were produced and nearly all of them survive to this day.
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