Rolls Royce produced 2,323 Bentley R Type chassis between 1952 and 1955. The vast majority of these received standard steel bodies, with only 305 receiving coachbuilt bodies. This car has coachwork by Freestone and Webb.
Only 2 were ever constructed, a situation commonly referred to as a 'one-off' design. The body is framed of Ash wood and skinned with aluminum, except for the front fenders and bonnets which are of steel.
This car was originally delivered in finished form to Mr.S.H. Hunter of London in October 1953.
The car was first brought to the United States in 1974, the current owner purchased it in April, 1976 and undertook a total restoration to original specifications beginning in late 1979.
Restoration work was completed in July 1986. Only two weeks following the extensive restoration, the car was driven several hundred miles to the 1986 National RROC meet in Nashville TN without incident.
Drove the car to club events and for other special occasions, clocking between 1,000 and 2,000 miles per year. The car drives and handles well for its age, and is capable of keeping pace with modern traffic.