Description

  • Specially ordered in LHD-One of only 50 LHD R Types built
  • Believed to be the only LHD R Type standard steel for sale
  • Beautiful Burgundy over Shell Grey
  • Grey Connolly Hide interior
  • Automatic transmission and medium wave radio
  • Delivered new to the President of the Lionel Corporation, USA
  • Factory Sunshine Roof
  • Rear picnic tables
  • Formerly part of a world class collection 

The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork on the MK VI Bentley. Rolls-Royce's first post-WW2 product, the latter was introduced in 1946, a year ahead of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith which, although mechanically similar to the MK VI, was nevertheless exclusively a coachbuilt car. The new 'standard steel' body - produced by the Pressed Steel Company, of Oxford - was available at first only on the Bentley MK VI, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. A separate chassis was retained, the same basic design being built in three different wheelbase lengths, that of the MK VI (and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn) measuring 10" exactly. The Crewe-built range featured a new design of independent front suspension, hydraulic front brakes and a new 4,257cc, six-cylinder, 'F-head' (inlet-over-exhaust) power unit. The latter was enlarged to 4,566cc in 1951, while a much-needed improvement to the standard bodywork arrived mid-way through 1952 in the shape of an enlarged boot together with associated alterations to the rear wings and suspension, subsequent models incorporating these changes being known as the R-Type Bentley and E-Series Silver Dawn.

Left-hand drive chassis number 'B.218.LSR' was manufactured in 1952 and has the Rolls-Royce/General Motors Hydramatic four-speed automatic transmission that had recently become available as an option and would be standardised on the successor Bentley S Series. Ordered for the US, the Bentley was ordered with;

  • Flashing indicators
  • Sealed-beam headlamps
  • High-frequency horns
  • Medium wave radio
  • Bonnet locks
  • Whitewall tyres
  • 'Made in England' nameplate

Its original colour scheme was two-tone Midnight Blue over Shell Grey, with a grey hide interior. The R-Type was retailed by J.S.Inskip of New York City and sold to the Lionel Corporation, likewise of New York City, for the use of its President, Mr Lawrence Cowen. Two further owners are listed on the copy chassis cards: Walt Whitman School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1963) and David Anthony of Highland Park, Illinois (1966). 

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Vehicle details

Vehicle data

Make
Bentley
Model name
R-Type
First registration date
Not provided
Year of manufacture
1952
Mileage (read)
77,500 mls
Chassis number
Not provided
Engine number
Not provided
Gearbox number
Not provided
Matching numbers
No
Number of owners
Not provided

Technical details

Body style
Saloon (4-doors)
Power (kW/hp)
101/137
Cubic capacity (cm³)
4566
Cylinders
6
Doors
Not provided
Steering
Left (LHD)
Gearbox
Automatic
Gears
4
Transmission
Rear
Front brakes
Drum
Rear brakes
Drum
Fuel type
Petrol

Individual configuration

Exterior color
Red
Manufacturer color name
Burgundy
Interior color
Grey
Interior material
Leather

Condition, registration & documentation

Has Report
MOT
Registered
Ready to drive
Accident free

Location

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DD Classics Ltd.

Daniel Donovan

97-101 North Road

TW9 4HJ Kew

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

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