1954 Bentley R Type
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The H.J Mulliner Sports Saloon was given an aluminum, lightweight body with a fastback deck, tapered rear fenders and a curved windscreen. The series A, B, and C cars were given an inline six-cylinder engine. The engine featured an aluminum cylinder head, six overhead intake valves, and six side exhaust valves. This 4.5-liter unit was capable of producing 158 horsepower, thanks in part to the dual SU H-6 carburetors, large bore exhaust system, and high compression.
The first 89 Continentals produced were fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox. The later series cars had an automatic based on the General Motors Hydr-Matic unit. In total, there were 166 cars with manual gearboxes and 42 with the automatic.
This 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner is a left-hand drive vehicle with the highly desirable four-speed automatic.
In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It had an estimated value of $575,000 - $765,000. The lot was sold for a high bid of $550,000, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
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|Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions||1950-1958|