1951 Bentley Mark VI Drop Head Coupe / B79LKL Chassis Information

1951 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1951 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1951 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1951 Bentley Mark VI1951 Bentley Mark VI1951 Bentley Mark VI
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B79LKL
Sold for $249,696 (£121,000) at 2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London.
Sold for $192,500 at 2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey.
The Mark VI was the first Bentley to be built using regular production steel bodies from Pressed Steel Company. Many of Bentley's clients demanded an exclusive design, resulting in a series of custom body designs built by H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Freestone & Webb, James Young, or Hopper. Other coachbuilders, such as Franay, Graber, Radford, and Windovers produced one-off bodies. It is believed that Park Ward produced a total of 167 bodies for the Mark VI, in open and closed coupes and saloons.

This Parkd Ward Drophead Coupe is one of only twelve Bentleys sold in the United States in 1951. It was ordered as a left-hand drive by Howard D. Kizer of Montlcair, New Jersey. It was shipped aboard the SS Mauretania, departing from Southampton on July 4th, 1951 to be received in New York City by J.S. Inskip. Kizer sold the car in 1953 to Dr. Ivor Harris of Detroit Michigan. Mr. Harris retained the car for two years before selling it to Richard Stitt in Illinois, who later sold it to Geoffrey Field in 1959.

By the 1980s, the car was back in New York and in the collection of Philip Wichard, who had purchased the car form the widow of the previous owner. In 1990, the car was cosmetically and mechanically restored at a cost of more than $175,000. Afterwards, it received a National First Prize at the AACA National meeting in Hershey, PA and honored as the Senior Winner by the Antique Automobile Club of America in 1991.

After Wichard's death in 1995, the car was sold at auction. It was acquired by Bernie Ecclestone and shipped to Pichler Cars in Gstaad, Switzerland. The car remained in the collection until 2007, when it entered the care of its current owner.

The car is painted in metallic mauve over cherry red paint. There are trafficators and a burgundy, power-operated Haartz cloth top.

In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $225,000. The car would leave the auction unsold, after a high bid of $115,000 failed to satisfy the car's reserve.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010


2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$225,000 
Sale Price :
$192,500

2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£125,000-£150,000 
Sale Price :
$249,696 (£121,000.00)

2019 3
2017 4
2016 1
2015 3
2014 3
2013 3
2012 2
2011 3
2010 1
2009 2

1951 Bentley Mark VI Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Bentley Mk. VI Lightweight Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: B141LH
Sold for $29,349
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Motor Museum
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI 4¼-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B330LJ
Sold for $74,373
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI Special
Chassis#: B320MD
Sold for $128,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1951 BENTLEY MARK VI – SYD LAWRENCE 'SL01' SPECIAL
Chassis#: B35KL
Sold for $21,728
  2017 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI
Chassis#: B35KL
Sold for $124,968
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI 4 Door Sedan
Sold for $25,850
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1951 BENTLEY MARK VI SEDAN
Chassis#: B310LNZ
Sold for $77,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1951 Bentley Mk. VI Special by Padgett
Chassis#: B234NZ
Sold for $55,880
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1951 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B68MD
Sold for $17,838
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI
Sold for $39,500
  2015 Mecum : Seattle
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI Coupe 4 Door
Sold for $41,250
  2015 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI Two-Door Saloon by Hooper
Chassis#: B92HR
Sold for $171,976
  2014 RM Auctions - London
1951 Bentley Mark VI image  1951 Bentley Mark VI image  
1951 Bentley Mark VI Saloon
Sold for $25,850
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI 'Empress' Coupe by Hooper
Chassis#: B92HR
Sold for $104,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1951 Bentley Mark VI image  1951 Bentley Mark VI image  
1951 BENTLEY MK VI
Sold for $17,000
  2013 Anglia Auction - Souther Ireland
 
1951 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: B262LJ
Sold for $26,721
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1951 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Sold for $23,684
  2013 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction
 
1951 Bentley Mark VI Sports Tourer
Chassis#: B35KL
Sold for $68,536
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1951 Bentley Mk VI berline
Sold for $45,935
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1951 Bentley Mk VI Saloon
Chassis#: B201JN
Sold for $33,350
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Automobilia & Number Plates
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Bentley Mark VI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Bentley MK6 4¼ Saloon 2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic   
1951 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner SaloonB186KM2019 H & H Classic Car $20,000$24,000
1951 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner SaloonB186KM2019 H & H Classic Car $20,000$24,000
1951 Bentley Mk VI Saloon 2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction   
1951 Bentley Mk.VI Special by PadgettB234NZ2018 Historics @ Brooklands Motor Museum $39,000$46,000
1951 Bentley MK VI H.J. MullinerB192KM2017 Anglia Auction $25,000$30,000
1951 Bentley Mark IV 2017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island $35,000$55,000
1951 Bentley MK VI SaloonB68MD2015 H & H RREC Burghley House   
1951 Bentley MK VI SaloonB68MD2014 H&H Auctions : RREC Rockingham Castle   
1951 Bentley MK VI SpecialB397MB2011 H & H Pavilion Gardens April 13, 2011   
1951 Bentley MkVI SaloonB254LJ2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $14,000$16,000
1951 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe by Park WardB100KM2010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$115,000$175,000$225,000
1951 Bentley MkVI Sedanca CoupéB175CD2009 Bonhams Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex $25,000$30,000
1951 Bentley Mark VI 2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center $65,000$85,000
1951 Bentley Mark VI 4D 2006 RM Auctions Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction$30,000  
1951 MK VI BENTLEY EMPRESS TWO-DOOR 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $60,000$80,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: B 9AJ
Engine Num: B 65 A
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B25071
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B26BH
Engine Num: B13B
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI Countryman1948 Wagon
Coachbuilder: Harold Radford
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1948 James Young Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B495CD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B175CD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Shooting Brake
Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B349GT
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B357LEW
Engine Num: B428E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 H.J. Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B87EW
Engine Num: B293E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Lightweight Salon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Countryman
Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis Num: B441DZ
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Facel-Metalon Coupe
Coachbuilder: Facel Metallon
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Coupe DeVille
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Countryman
Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B-213-LH
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Chassis Num: B121JN
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Chassis Num: B196LJ
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B79LKL
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Empress Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B92HR
Engine Num: B46H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B135LNY
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: B184MD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B342NZ
Engine Num: B171N
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B72LNZ
Engine Num: BA649


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