1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe / B136BH Chassis Information

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI1947 Bentley Mark VI
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: B136BH
Sold for $110,000 at 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions.
Sold for $117,000 at 2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
The Bentley Mark VI was the first Bentley to wear standard factory-designed steel bodywork, as the bodies were fitted to the chassis, trimmed and painted using similar high standards as those used by custom coach-builders. Custom coachwork remained an option.

This Convertible Coupe wears coachwork by Switzerland's famed Carrosserie Graber. Dr. Robert Kaffeli of Basel, Switzerland commissioned B136BH in 1947. This vehicle is one of just 35 Bentleys ever bodied by Graber. Of those, as many as 12 Drophead Coupes were built on the Mark VI chassis.

This vehicle was delivered to Dr. Kaffeli in red livery with a factory-fitted radio, a speedometer calibrated in kilometers, and double-filament headlamp bulbs. It was also fitted with a painted metal dash panel, rather than the tradition wooden units characteristic of the majority of Bentley production.

This vehicle has air conditioning, but it is unclear if this was a factory-original amenity.

In the 1980s, the car was given a restoration and refinished in dark blue and fitted with a cream cloth top. After the work was completed, the car was featured in Germany's Motor Klassik magazine. In 1997, the car was given another restoration. In late 2000, the current owner acquired it from Kr. Vladimir Bar, of Erligheim, Germany, and imported it to the UK. In 2001, the car had 88,250 kilometers on the odometer. A short time later, the speedometer was exchanged for one calibrated in miles.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Arizona sale where it was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $180,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $110,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2011


2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
$117,000

2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$180,000 
Sale Price :
$110,000

2019 2
2018 2
2017 3
2015 3
2014 4
2013 1
2012 4
2011 2
2009 4
2007 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Bentley Mark VI Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: B370BH
Sold for $53,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: B26BH
Sold for $483,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley Mk. VI Saloon by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: B60AK
Sold for $21,204
  2018 Historics @ Brooklands - Motor Museum
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B108AK
Sold for $157,649
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B245AJ
Sold for $130,503
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: B26BH
Sold for $396,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MkVI
Sold for $30,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI SALOON
Chassis#: B294BH
Sold for $34,788
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1947 Bentley Mk. VI Special Roadster by Mallalieu
Chassis#: B261NY
Sold for $55,158
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: B180AK
Sold for $88,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Fixed Head Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
Sold for $873,824
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1947 BENTLEY MKVI 4¼-LITRE SALOON
Chassis#: B80BH
Sold for $105,571
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1947 Bentley Mk VI Standard Steel Saloon
Sold for $16,033
  2014 Anglia Auction - Southern Ireland
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Coupe
Chassis#: B 9AJ
Sold for $605,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: B180AK
Sold for $154,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
 
1947 Bentley MkVI Countryman Shooting Brake
Chassis#: B397BG
Sold for $96,184
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Sports Saloon by James Young, Ltd.
Chassis#: B-362-BH
Sold for $24,200
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1947 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre Sedanca Coupé
Chassis#: B287BG
Sold for $86,761
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY
Chassis#: B25071
Sold for $2,750,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MkVI Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B136BH
Sold for $117,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1947 Bentley Mark VI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI SPECIAL BY SYD LAWRENCEB322BH2019 Coys Blenheim Palace $70,000$75,000
1947 Bentley Mark VI Saloon 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1947 Bentley MK VI SpecialB303BG2016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1947 Bentley Mk VI CabrioletB139BH2013 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais   
1947 Bentley Mk VI SaloonB82AK2004 Bonhams ROLLS ROYCE $15,000$20,000
1947 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Sports SpecialB303BG2003 Bonhams Goodwood Revival $24,000$27,000

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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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