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Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Classic Cars (Uk) For Sale

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  • RefCode: TA1152237
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: 6 1/2 LITRE
  • Derivative: 6 1/2 Ltr Vanden Plas Style Open Tourer
  • Category: Race
  • Year: 1,929
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

Chassis No FA2505 was completed in January of 1929, originally fitted with Weymann Saloon coachwork by Gurney Nutting. It was originally owned by C.A. Aldous until 1937 when it was sold and exported to South Africa. Whilst there, the chassis was modified from a twelve feet six inch wheelbase to one of eleven feet two inches and the coachwork was changed to a Vanden Plas style open tourer, the coachwork it still retains today. Following these changes the car was shipped to the USA where it remained until 1973. It was repatriated to the UK by Dr Paul Hummel and extensively used until 1979 when it was purchased by Stanley Mann. It was retained by Mr Mann for personal use for a short while and then sold to Mr L Davey who sent the car to W.O. Bentley specialists R.C.Moss who restored the car for the new owner between 1979 and 1981. The car was shown in 1981 at the BDC Concours at Kensington Gardens where it won best car in show. Mr Davey retained the car until 1996 when he sold it to Mr P Cautley whosubsequently toured the car in Canada, the USA, Spain and Portugal following more restoration works by R.C.Moss between 1997 and 1999. It was acquired by the present owner in 2003. During the most recent ownership the engine was overhauled in 2005 and has since covered approximately 20,000 miles on trips all across Europe. Other works undertaken in recent years include the fitting of an overdrive and self-wrapping brakes, a new radiator, restored wheels, coachwork restoration, a new hood as well as annual maintenance to ensure correct performance and reliability. Chassis No FA2505 retains its original engine (FA2511) and original number plate (UL4049) and major mechanical components such as the axles and (C Type) gearbox. It is complete with FIVA identity card and extensive history dating back to the late 1970s, covering all of the restoration works then and since. This matching numbers 6 ½ Litre is truly magnificent machine in every respect and should be seen in person and driven to be trulyappreciated.

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  • RefCode: TA1164838
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: 6 1/2 LITRE
  • Derivative: 'SPEED SIX' SPORTSMANS
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,930
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 16th/17th Aug 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Monterey Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 15 - 17 August 2019. One of the most extraordinary surviving W.O. BentleysOriginally delivered to Man Singh II, Maharaja of JaipurRemarkably pure, including original chassis, engine, drivetrain, and bodyworkImmaculate, painstakingly researched restoration by marque specialists R.C. MossTriple award winner, 2012 Pebble Beach Concours dEleganceDocumented by Bentley historian Dr. Clare Hay THE FINER THINGS - A MAHARAJAS SPEED SIXIndia in the time of the British Raj was a land of unimaginable wealth and splendor, exemplified by the luxurious sporting lives of its numerous territorial leaders. Typical among them was Sawai Man Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur, who ascended to that position at the age of 10 in 1922. By 1930, at 18, he was a handsome, strongly built young man of imposing bearing and impressive physical strength, the kind of wealthy, worldly young sportsman for whom W.O. Bentleys automobiles existed.The car that the Maharaja wouldeventually acquire, chassis no. LR2778, was a Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six. Chassis LR2778 had been produced for Bentley Motors stock, with an aptly named sportsmans saloon body produced by H.J. Mulliner to the latest evolution of the French Weymann patent method, with a flexible inner framework skinned in aluminum and a synthetic leather roof covering set off by a polished aluminum beltline. Its engine was a beast of a six, stamped S to denote the Speed Six features of a single-port block, 4.9 compression ratio, dual SU carburetors, and an Elektron crankcase and camcase, producing, in 1930 specification, 180 hp. The chassis was fitted with the newly designed Bentley & Draper friction shock absorber to the front axle; hydraulic shock absorbers to the rear axle; 13/50 rear axle; and a C-type gearbox. The radiator was finished in chromium, crowned with a Lalique Coq Nain, and a rectangular Hobson telegauge fitted to the instrument panel.Bentley Motors sold the car in October 1930 to the Maharaja, viaJack Barclay and Duff Morgan Ltd., and it was exported to Jaipur soon thereafter. It was maintained there by Barker, the famous London coachbuilder with a branch in India well-known for servicing royal automobiles.In 1937 the car was returned to England, registered DUU 618, and sold through Barkers showroom to Dennis Denny Becker that September. The surviving Bentley Service Record notes the installation of a new old-stock front axle bed and kingpins in March 1938, replacing components improperly installed in India. Further work continued in 1939, including the installation of a Bluemel steering wheel (still present today), after which the car was laid up for much of World War IIs fuel rationing. After the war it was returned to the road and used by the Becker family for extended European touring in Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France, with 17-year-old Simon Becker running it on the autobahn. He inherited the car from his father in 1951 and continued the sporting tradition, runningthe car regularly and taking it on his honeymoon in 1954, joining the Bentley Drivers Club, and participating in numerous BDC trials and events. It was occasionally rebuilt over the years, work limited mainly to cosmetic maintenance and a slight alteration of the top, but was always faithfully maintained and, well into the 1970s, used as an everyday car. One day the Beckers parked the car, as they often did, on a London street, and it was appropriated for a fashion shoot; Simon Becker was later astonished to find his car and a pretty girl in an issue of Vogue in his dentists waiting room.By 1974 the Bentley was no longer practical for everyday driving and was sold that year to Ian Findlater, who re-trimmed and refinished the car to the standards of the time later in the decade. Mr. Findlater was a good mechanical caretaker of the car, enjoying driving it in enthusiast events and displaying it at BDC shows and concours. Most prominently, it represented the British automobile in an exhibit at theopening of the Chunnel in 1994.After 30 years of good care, Mr. Findlater sold the Bentley to a German collector in 2004. In 2010 it was acquired by the present owners, who consigned it to the renowned British specialists R.C. Moss of Melchbourne, Bedford, to be restored to its original condition and appearance. To that end, the car was researched and examined thoroughly by both the fastidious Mr. Moss and by renowned Bentley historian Dr. Clare Hay. Similarly, well-preserved original Speed Sixes were studied and photographed and Mulliners original build processes duplicated whenever possible.While the car had remained largely intact and unmolested, numerous small details had to be corrected throughout. The original Bentley & Draper hydraulic rear shock absorbers, long ago replaced and now unobtainable, had to be remanufactured to original specifications, as did the wind-lacing for the doors, the proper type of wiring, and, remarkably, even the original formula of linseed-oil-based paint. Theoriginal running boards had gone missing but were sourced, restored, and reinstalled. Not only were the seats finished to the proper material and pattern, but they were stuffed with horsehair, as original. In the midst of this, the cars numbered components were all examined and photographed, and with the exception of the aforementioned front axle replacement, everything was found to be the original pieces installed in 1930.Dr. Hay covered the restoration in an expansive 106-page history, lavishly illustrated with photographs of the car taken through every step of its life, as well as a complete record of the restoration work, which, she notes, is to the highest possible standards, perfect in every respect. Judges agreed.In its inaugural showing, at completion of the restoration in 2012, the car was judged 2nd in Class and awarded the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and the J.B. Nethercutt Trophy for Most Elegant Closed Car at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours dElegance. It was later shown that sameyear at the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance in its home country.There is, quite simply, no better-restored closed Speed Six, and almost none that can be compared in their purity and consistently well maintained, caring history with only a handful of enthusiasts. It is the exquisite, perfectly finished emblem of all that is superb in engineering and design from the Classic Eraappropriate, now as then, for a man accustomed to the finer things in life.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.

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  • RefCode: TA1161944
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: 6 1/2 LITRE
  • Derivative: LE MANS SPORTS
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,927
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 16th/17th Aug 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Monterey Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 15 - 17 August 2019. An original 6½-Litre with its original frame, engine, and rear axle Painstakingly restored and uprated to Le Mans works team-car specificationsVeteran of a 3,000-mile Bentley Drivers Club tour of Europe and two Colorado GrandsOffered with build information, service records, and restoration photographsExceptional presentation and evocative historyand outstanding performance to match Like its future corporate stablemate, Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motors in the W.O. era practiced steady evolution of a proven design. The original 3-Litre begat the 4½-Litre, then grew again into the 6½-Litre, an overhead-cam six-cylinder design with four valves per cylinder and a single-piece iron engine block and cylinder head, resulting in impressive power (147 hp in standard tune), massive torque, and robust strength. Its chassis was upgraded with a dry-plate clutch and power-assisted four-wheel brakes with finned drums.While originally designedfor touring useto carry heavier coachwork while maintaining Bentleys level of performanceit was the 6½-Litre that propelled Bentley to its competition zenith by winning the Bentley team victory at Le Mans in 1929 and 1930. It grew the legends of the men who piloted it: Barnato, Birkin, and Kidston, Bentley Boys all.CHASSIS NUMBER BX2416According to information on file from the W.O. Bentley Memorial Foundation, 6½-Litre chassis no. BX2416 was originally supplied to Dr. Rudolph de Trafford of London, as a 12'6' (150-in.) wheelbase model with a Weymann saloon body by J. Gurney Nutting. In this form the car underwent maintenance by Bentley Motors through 1930. The next known owner, C. Willis of Basingstroke, acquired the car in 1932 and is known to have maintained it for at least the next three years.Following the Second World War, the car appears to have been acquired by Major Jack Bailey, a sportsman who rebuilt it as a special, shortening its chassis to 124 in., lowering the radiator, and fitting arudimentary two-seater body, as well as the registration plate PF 6204 of his 3-Litre. In this form the car was used extensively for regional racing and touring.The Bentleys next definite owner was R.G.S. Burnett, who registered it with the Club in 1962. Barry Graham Burnett registered it in 1972 and by the following decade had fitted the car with a Vanden Plasstyle Le Mans fabric tourer body, as well as reunited it with its original registration plate, YF 4648.Well-known marque specialist David Ayres acquired the 6½-Litre from Burnett in 2008 and shortly thereafter sold it to noted enthusiast Ron Rezek of Ashland, Oregon.In an accompanying book documenting the car and its restoration, Mr. Rezek notes his delight at finding that the car retained much of its original chassis frame, as well as the original engine, steering box, and rear axle. He commissioned Mr. Ayres to restore the car as authentically as possible to 1930 Le Mans team-car specification with numerous Speed Six features. This includedmodifying the engine to full competition specification, with twin HV5 carburetors fitted with 8-litre float chambers, an 8-litre water pump, special oil feed to the camshaft, and a large-capacity oil pump; it is fed by a Le Mansstyle 40-gallon fuel tank, custom-made to the original works team specifications, and produces some 200 horsepower.The 132-in. chassis was outfitted with Andre Hartford friction shock absorbers, 3:1 gears, and all-new brake drums and spindles, while the correct Rexine-covered body was dressed with proper Zeiss headlamps in Le Mansastyle frames. Great care was taken to finish the car as properly as possible while also setting it up for continued long-distance enjoyment.Mr. Rezek enjoyed the car for several years, exhibiting it at the Bentley Club Concours dElegance in 2010 and winning Best Restoration. He was proud that it was a fit road machine, something that he demonstrated on two editions of the Colorado Grand and an epic 3,000-mile tour of Europe with the Bentley DriversClub, conquering the Stelvio Pass and other formidable stretches through the Alps.This is a 6½-Litre Bentley true to the legendevery enthusiasts image of the rip-snorting, all-conquering fabric tourer of Bentley Boys fame, restored and presented for high-speed driving enjoyment well into the future.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.

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