4.6 L · 39,600 miles
1953 Bentley R Type The Bentley R Type is the second series of post-war Bentley automobiles, replacing the Mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well as coachbuilt versions by firms including H. J. Mulliner & Co., Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb, Carrosserie Worblaufen and others. Offered is a beautiful 1953 Bentley R Type in traditional silver and black two-tone paint. Restored by the current consigners spouse, it was his love to take out and tool around the countryside on a good day. There is something about being behind the wheel of a Bentley that makes one smile and reflect good times. Life hands us curves just like the roads we travel, and we can only do our best to negotiate through these carefully. The consigner prefers to have the memories created by this car stay with her but has decided the car should move on and create new memories for someone else. Exterior Straight lines, good gaps and silver and black combination paint...showing some minor bubbling adorn the exterior of this beautiful curvaceous luxury automobile. Custom etched with flourishes and a flower, the rear glass shows nicely. Standard Bentley wheels all around are topped by curvilinear fenders that have spent many an hour on the English wheel to obtain their perfect shape. A massive grille in front is flanked by 2 large can style headlights. Interior Black vinyl twin buckets that come together to create a bench with separate backs and adjustments, show tufted interiors and plain bolster framed by white piping. A massive rear bench spans from door to door and has plenty of vinyl fancywork in the arms and headrest areas. On the back of the drivers and front passengers seats, and beautiful flip down burl wood trays, for that Hors doeuvre and pre-party glass of bubbly. A beautiful burl dash houses various instrumentation as well as a large steering wheel, strictly British, and strictly right-hand drive. The spacious interior is grounded by wonderful light gray carpeting. Drivetrain The Bentley is powered by an iron-block/aluminum-head straight-6 engine that fires immediately and runs quietly and smoothly. The transmission is a 4-speed manual that engages without struggle or hesitation. The suspension is independent at front with elliptic leaf springs at the rear. Brakes are hydraulic drums at both front and rear. With a top speed of nearly 103 mph, the Bentley Saloon was the high-performance luxury sedan of its time. A particular car can evoke memories, mimic a personality, enhance a presentation of self, and tell a story about the individual who cared for it. Rest assured this former owner had a perchance for the finer things in life, was down to earth, always presented with a smile, and was not afraid of a good time. Turn the key, and youll get a feel for how you will be presented and perceived by others from behind this prestigious wheel.