Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B9T0
Sold for $176,000 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
When World War II came to a close, Rolls-Royce transferred production of its motor cars from Derby to its wartime aero-engine facility at Crewe. For the first time in the company's history, they built complete cars rather than just the chassis.

The first Bentley model to emerge after the war was the Mark VI, a virtual duplicate (sans radiator shell) of its sister, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. The bodies were styled by the company's own designers, with ex-Gurney Nutting Chief Designer John Blatchley adding refinement. With the standardized bodies, the work could be completed in greater numbers at its new factory in Crewe, England. Bentley and Rolls-Royce continued to offer custom coachwork at the owner's discretion.

In 1951, the engine capacity was increased to 4,566 cubic centimeters. The standard saloon body was revised with a longer boot in 1952. At the same time, chassis numbering had reached the R series, causing this model to become known as the R-Type in late-1952. At this time, an optional automatic transmission with twin SU carburetors also became available. In total, there were 2,325 R-Types were produced through 1955.

In 1959, Rolls-Royce purchased rival H.J. Mulliner. In 1969, Park War and Mulliner merged to form Mulliner Park Ward.

This Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe by Park Ward was delivered new to Mr. George Dawson in October of 1953. It is believed to be one of just six right-hand drive models built. The car is finished in Black Cherry exterior with a biscuit leather interior.

The current owner acquired the car several years ago and has displayed it at several events, winning a First in Class at a Rolls-Royce Owners' Club National Meet, the Jack Frost Ladies' Choice Trophy for Most Outstanding Car, and First Place at the 2013 Queen's English All-British Car Show at Woodley Park, as well as Best Coachbuilt Car.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014

Chassis# B9T0

2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
Sale Price$176,000

Analysis

Chassis number B9T0 Auction Sales History
2014$176,000

2017 1
2016 3
2015 5
2014 2
2013 5
2012 5
2011 4
2010 5
2009 3
2008 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$19,575$19,5751
2016$22,113$33,0823
2015$568,715$1,525,0005
2014$693,000$1,210,0002
2013$193,392$702,6125
2012$483,467$1,622,5005
2011$44,413$106,4184
2010$81,904$141,4635
2009$23,659$37,7663
2008$88,483$197,3663

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon Coachwork by James Young
Chassis#:Chassis#:B372SR
Sold for $19,575
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type
Chassis#:Chassis#:B358TN
Sold for $33,082
  2016 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1953 Bentley Type R
Chassis#:Chassis#:B427SP
Sold for $17,600
  2016 The Finest : Aspen
 
1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE SALOON
Chassis#:Chassis#:B119TO
Sold for $15,658
  2016 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B125T0
Sold for $30,579
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC25A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R Type
Chassis#:Chassis#:B113SP
Sold for $59,245
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Classic Cars
 
1953 Bentley R Sedan
Sold for $18,750
  2015 Leake Auctions - Dallas, Tx
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC16LA
Sold for $1,525,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC20A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#:B9T0
Sold for $176,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1953 BENTLEY Type R COACH HOOPER
Sold for $98,083
  2013 Artcurial Motorcars - Monaco 2013
 
1953 Bentley R-Type James Young Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B7TO
Sold for $17,591
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster
Chassis#:Chassis#:B109TO
Sold for $117,420
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Sold for $31,255
  2013 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC24B
Sold for $702,612
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon
Chassis#:BC16LA
Sold for $1,622,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC7C
Sold for $638,125
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon RHD
Chassis#:B84T
Sold for $44,000
  2012 Russo & Steel - Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B415SP
Sold for $25,305
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares
 

No Sale

1953 Bentley R-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC20A2017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $1,000,000$1,300,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB135TO2017 Barons : Classic Winter Warmer   
1953 Bentley R Type Continental FastbackBC20A2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBC10LB2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,400,000$1,800,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel SaloonB245UL2015 Historics at Brookland $15,000$20,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB84T2012 Russo and Steele Scottsdale   
1953 Bentley R Sedan 2011 Branson Collector Car Auction Oct 22, 2011$33,000  
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by MullinerBC3C2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $290,000$330,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Convertible Coachwork by Park WardB38CO5R2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $55,000$70,000

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