1953 Bentley R-Type for sale 101237908
1953 Bentley R-Type
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1953 Bentley R-Type

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Classic Car Overview

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 5 February 2020.
  • Offered from the Poster Car Collection
  • Previously owned by the Rt. Hon. Alan Clark MP, a well-known Bentley enthusiast
  • Documented with factory production sheets and build cards, history from the Continental Register, British MOTs, and numerous service invoices
  • A fascinating Bentley in all regards


According to the Continental Register and Bentley factory build records, the R-Type chassis no. BC15B was dispatched to Mulliner in February 1953 and finished in its present colours of Smoke Green paint over a leather interior in Grey Green. Delivered four months later to its first owner, WG Riley of Birmingham, the Continental was next acquired in July 1958 by SB White of Surrey.

In September 1961 the car briefly went to DG Silcock of Acton and remained with him for over twenty years before being purchased by the Rt. Hon. Alan Clark MP, a well-known British enthusiast. Mr Clark was a lifelong motoring aficionado and respected Bentley authority. In his professional life, he served as a Conservative MP for over two decades, worked as the Minister for Defense Procurement and Minister of State for Trade under Margaret Thatcher, and was known for his wit and frank outspokenness.

A firm believer in retaining originality, Mr Clark never performed any cosmetic restoration on BC15B, although he installed lightweight seats and conducted a small number of sporting modifications. When test-driven in 2014 by the esteemed motoring editor Robert Coucher for Octane magazine, the Continental still delivered strong performance while emitting great character.

Following Clarks passing in late 1999, the R-Type passed into the ownership of his widow, Jane, before it was sold to Mark Stimson of London, who conducted a round of freshening in 2007, as reflected by invoices on file. The lovely Continental continues to present beautifully while offering well-maintained mechanical elements, namely its original engine. This R-Type is surely amongst the best of its breed and is ideal for preservation-class display or presentation at major motoring events.




  • Issue de la Collection Poster Car
  • Autrefois proprit de lhonorable dput Alan Clark, un amateur bien connu de Bentley
  • Munie de son dossier de montage en usine, de son historique issu du Registre des Continental, de ses certificats de contrle technique britannique et de nombreuses factures dentretien
  • Une Bentley tous gards fascinante


Selon le Registre des Continental et les archives de production de lusine Bentley, le chssis Type R n BC15B fut envoy chez Mulliner en fvrier 1953, o il reut ses teintes actuelles, carrosserie vert fum et intrieur en cuir gris-vert. Cette Continental fut livre quatre mois plus tard son premier propritaire, WG Riley, de Birmingham, puis acquise en juillet 1958 par SB White, un rsident du Surrey.

Elle fut ensuite cde en septembre 1961 DG Silcock, dActon, qui la conserva plus de vingt ans avant de la revendre lhonorable dput Alan Clark, un amateur britannique bien connu. M. Clark fut sa vie durant un passionn dautomobile qui faisait autorit en matire de Bentley. Sur la plan professionnel, il fut pendant plus de vingt ans dput conservateur et occupa sous Margaret Thatcher les postes de ministre charg des approvisionnements au ministre de la Dfense et de ministre dEtat du Commerce extrieur. Il tait connu pour son esprit et son franc-parler.

Ferme partisan du respect de ltat dorigine, M. Clark ne procda aucune remise en tat dordre esthtique sur sa BC15B, mais il fit toutefois monter des siges allgs et apporter quelques rares modifications vise sportive. Lors dun essai effectu en 2014 par le trs respect Robert Coucher, le rdacteur en chef du magazine Octane, la Continental faisait toujours preuve de performances leves et dun comportement bien affirm.

A la suite du dcs de M. Clark, survenu en 1999, la Type R revint sa veuve, Jane, puis fut vendue Mark Stimson, de Londres, qui procda en 2007 quelques rafrachissements, ainsi quen tmoignent les factures prsentes au dossier. Cette belle Continental a toujours une magnifique allure et dispose dlments mcaniques bien entretenus, dont son moteur dorigine. Cette Type R est coup sr lune des plus belles reprsentantes de sa ligne ; elle est parfaite pour tre expose dans la catgorie en tat dorigine ou tre prsente lors de toute manifestation automobile de premier plan.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa20.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    BC15B
  • Classic Car ID
    101237908
  • Stock Number
    830798
  • Category
    Exotics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    N/A
  • Engine
    N/A
  • Drivetrain
    N/A
  • Transmission
    N/A
  • Exterior Color
    N/A
  • Custom Color
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