Bentley R-Type

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2015-06-26 11:20:01

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Bentley R-Type

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 car

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.

R-Type Continental

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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