We are currently experiencing an inventory shortage. Contact the seller to confirm availability.
1952 Bentley R-Type for sale 101605603
1952 Bentley R-Type
$1,250,000
Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.
View Seller's Phone Number
Email
Advertisement

1952 Bentley R-Type

Car for sale by Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. in Queens, New York 11103

Sponsored
Or $11,061 / mo. Get Personalized Payment

$1,250,000

Email Dealer

By using this service you accept the terms of Autotrader Specialty's Visitor Agreement.

Advertisement

Related Articles

Bonneville to Los Angeles In A Skoda

One European's experience at Bonneville's famous SpeedWeek. More than 800 miles of endless vistas, winding canyons and blistering temperatures is a big challenge for any car, let alone a small hot hatchback that

2005 GTX1

Through the SEMA Technology Initiative, Ford was able to collaborate with several of those companies to produce a low-volume niche vehicle. Ewing had the design, SEMA had the suppliers and soon, the GTX1 was born.

Advertisement

Classic Car Overview

1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback: The very First of Just 43 Examples Specified in Left-Hand DriveThis 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback is the first of just 43 examples specified in left-hand drive. An early A-series chassis, of which only 26 were built, chassis BC8LA was completed by Bentley in May 1952, and then transported to H.J. Mulliner, where it was fitted with the iconic fastback coachwork. The body fitted to BC8LA, no. 5473, was finished in an attractive combination of Silver Blue over two-tone blue Connolly leather upholstery. Factory records confirm that BC8LA s list of original equipment included heavy seats with elbow rests, a cubby compartment located under the instrument panel, and private locks on both doors. Outwardly, the Continental was equipped with steel bumpers, a plain radiator without a mascot, and wing mirrors.As recorded in the definitive Continental register, this car was shipped to New York aboard the SS American Flyer in September 1952. That October, J.S. Inskip delivered the new Bentley to its first owner, Howard W. Kizer of Montclair, New Jersey. By the time he acquired BC8LA, Mr. Kizer was already a well-established Rolls-Royce and Bentley client, having commissioned several spectacular custom-bodied cars for his personal use. He is perhaps best known as the Texaco executive who, in the 1930s, designed the company s famous Doodlebug streamlined tanker trucks. Mr. Kizer owned BC8LA for about two years and then it was sold, via Inskip, to Dorothy King. She kept the Bentley until 1964, when Laurel Hampel of Thousand Oaks, California, acquired it. In January 1968, George Chilberg of Bonsall, California, noticed an advertisement for the Bentley in the Los Angeles Times and bought it for $2,900. An avid collector and vintage racer, Mr. Chilberg maintained a fine collection of English sports cars, including an MG L-Type, Allard J2, Lagonda LG45 Rapide, and several Bentleys: a 3 Litre, 8 Litre, and a Derby. Of all the cars he owned, Mr. Chilberg s favorite was the R-Type Continental a model he regarded as the ultimate collectible Bentley. During his 50-plus years of ownership, Mr. Chilberg drove BC8LA tens of thousands of miles and took part in numerous Bentley Drivers Club events. In the early 1990s, he carried out a comprehensive restoration that included rebuilding the engine, overhauling the mechanical systems, and refinishing the bodywork in the current tan over brown color scheme. Significantly, BC8LA still retains its matching-numbers 4.5-litre engine, no. BCA8, and original H.J. Mulliner body tag. It is accompanied by a selection of hand tools and ownership records, including the original 1968 Bill of Sale.Among the earliest Continentals built, and the very first produced in left-hand drive, BC8LA represents an important landmark in the production of this iconic Bentley model. This Mulliner Fastback was built to order for an important American customer and cherished by one passionate caretaker for more than five decades. Whether its new owner decides to enjoy this elegant Continental in its current condition, as an ideal touring car, or restore it to its original splendor, they will be confident in knowing they have acquired a fine, historic example of the most desirable postwar Bentley.Coachwork by H.J. MullinerChassis no. BC8LAEngine no. BCA8 The First of Only 43 Left-Hand-Drive R-Type Continentals Built Delivered New to Rolls-Royce and Bentley Connoisseur Howard W. Kizer Originally Finished in Silver Blue with Two-Tone Blue Upholstery Well-Documented Provenance with Single Family Ownership for Five Decades Original Coachwork and retaining its Matching-Numbers Engine Featured in the Authoritative Book Bentley Continental Sports Saloon RegisterPrice: $1,250,000

Show More Show Less

Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    23867
  • Classic Car ID
    101605603
  • Stock Number
    23867
  • Category
    Exotics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    N/A
  • Engine
    N/A

Classic Car Buyer's Tools

Shipping & Transport

Transport your classic or collectible car the high tech way. It starts with an instant guaranteed quote on our easy-to-use online service. Then you receive real time updates from pick up to drop off, so you know where your car is every mile of the way. Click Now!

Finance

Get THE LOWEST MONTHLY PAYMENTS! We are a nationwide collector car finance company with over a decade of experience serving our clients. Give us a call today at (800) 717-5180 Apply now

Appraisals & Inspections

For the latest and most reliable Classic and Collectible Car prices, values, production numbers and local car clubs, always trust NADAguides.com. Get more info

Insurance

Considering buying a new classic? Get a quote before you buy. Agreed value, lowest rates. Go with Grundy Insurance, www.Grundy.com or 888-647-8636 Get Quotes Now

Suspect Fraud? Report it
We use cookies and browser activity to improve your experience, personalize content and ads, and analyze how our sites are used. For more information on how we collect and use this information, please review our Privacy Policy. California consumers may exercise their CCPA rights here.