The R-Type Bentley was the second standard steel model produced by Rolls-Royce after WWII. The 4.5 'Big Bore' engine was capable of speeds well over one hundred MPH. Less than 160 automatic transmission, left hand drive cars were produced.
The second left drive ever supplied of this most sought after series of aluminum bodied high speed tourers, the most expensive cars in the world at the time, this superb example was supplied to the noted automobile connoisseur, William Burden with a number of special features, including Jaeger Chronometer and Bulova altimeter to the instrument panel, and four speed manual transmission, all of which remain with this beautifully restored example today. There is an extensive service file several years old from Paul Russell and Company, as well as the further upgrading and refinements carried out by the current owners.
The history of the automobile which is complete and includes a roster of well regarded owners shows that as several early cars, BC14LA was fitted with the 4.9-liter engine upgrade several years after delivery. The factory record shows: 'Final Export - 6 November 1962.' This very early specimen retains its highly desirable special aluminum contoured bumpers and is documented to be the lightest weight R-Continental body shell of the series. A very well sorted out impressive performer.
Very elegantly finished in Circassian (Navy) Blue and trimmed as originally supplied in Dove Grey hide, this work of art is likely the finest left drive standard transmission equipped example available anywhere, regardless of price. Correct handbook and complete tools are included, along with copies of the works and coachbuilder records.Also photographed at :