1949 Bentley Mark VI H.J. Drophead Coupe / B87EW Chassis Information

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1949 Bentley Mark VI photograph

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H.J. Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B87EW
Engine #: B293E
Sold for $104,500 at 2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company.
The Bentley Mark VI was the first Bentley with completely new postwar design. It was powered by a new F-head 4.3-liter engine featuring overhead intake, side exhaust valves and an aluminum cylinder head. The Mark VI was the first Bentley with standard factory-designed bodywork (built by Pressed Steel of Oxford), however, custom coachwork was still available. A total of 4,949 were produced through 1952. The H.J. Mulliner designs that followed were elegant, hand-built, and featured graceful Art Deco forms and details.

This example is one of those 12 dropheads produced and one of just five that feature the concealed-head design, internally designated 7121. It was originally ordered through John Croall & Sons for Eva S. Borthwick-Norton. The car was ordered with the family's preferred color, deep maroon, with grey upholstery and walnut woodwork. It was outfitted with ashtrays, Lucas mirrors, double-thickness floor mats, sun visors, a radio, and a suitcase.

This car, the last of the 12 built, was comleted in July of 1951 and delivered through John Croall & Sons to Eva S. Borthwick-Norton, one of the wealthiest landowners in Great Britain and a collector of significant old master paintings and Chippendale furniture. Along with her husband, Eva owned the village of Southwick near Portsmouth, England. Several years later, it became the property of Bolton politician A.L. Tillotson. In the early 1960s, it came to the United States and into the car of its current owner, a California resident. During the 1980s and 1990s, the car was given a restoration and later, a mechanical refurbishment.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $75,000 - $100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $104,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2019


2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$75,000-$100,000 
Sale Price :
$104,500

2019 2
2018 2
2017 3
2016 1
2015 3
2014 4
2013 6
2012 8
2011 2
2010 2

1949 Bentley Mark VI Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
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Chassis#: B252FV
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  2018 H & H Auction - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
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Chassis#: B16LFV
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Chassis#: B345EW
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  2017 Historics at Brookland
 
1949 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: B22EY
Sold for $17,098
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1949 Bentley Mark VI 4 Door
Chassis#: B490EY
Sold for $17,050
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1949 Bentley Mark VI Estate Car by Rippon
Chassis#: B91FU
Sold for $121,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1949 BENTLEY MARK VI SPORTS SALOON PROJECT
Chassis#: B-3-EW
Sold for $16,524
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1949 Bentley Mk VI Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: B175CD
Sold for $126,500
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1949 Bentley Mark VI image  
1949 Bentley MK VI
Sold for $17,430
  2015 Anglia Auction
 
1949 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B396EY
Sold for $8,960
  2014 H & H Auctions - Pavilion Gardens
 
1949 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B115EW
Sold for $34,637
  2014 H & H Auctions - Pavilion Gardens
 
1949 Bentley Mark VI Saloon Sedan
Chassis#: B501DZ
Sold for $27,500
  2014 Russo & Steele - Newport Beach
 
1949 BENTLEY MKVI 4¼-LITRE COUNTRYMAN SHOOTING BRAKE
Chassis#: B441DZ
Sold for $88,505
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1949 BENTLEY MKVI SALOON Coachwork by James Young
Chassis#: B403DZ
Sold for $42,281
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1949 BENTLEY MKVI 6¾-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: B122DA
Sold for $111,066
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS, MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED AUTOMOBILIA
 
1949 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B438FV
Sold for $20,041
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1949 Bentley Mark VI/S1 4.9 litre Mallalieu 'Oxford' Sports Two-seater
Chassis#: B368DA
Sold for $86,630
  2013 Goodwood Revival
 
1949 Bentley MK VI HJ Mulliner Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B409DZ
Sold for $130,175
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1949 Bentley Mark VI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 BENTLEY MARK VI SHORT WINGS CONVERTIBLE WITH COACHWORK BY PARK WARDB450EY2019 Coys Interclassics Maastricht $135,000$155,000
1949 BENTLEY MK 6 SPECIAL ROADSTERB153EW2018 Premier Auction Group$47,000  
1949 Bentley MK 6B420EY2017 Barons : British Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars Sandown Park $18,000$23,000
1949 Bentley MkVI cabriolet Pinin FarinaB435CD2017 Artcurial : Retromobile $500,000$800,000
1949 Bentley Mark VI Saloon 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$20,000  
1949 Bentley Mk VI Park Ward Drophead CoupeB38EY2013 Coys Auctions Spring Classics $55,000$65,000
1949 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre Drophead CoupéB265DZ2009 RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $70,000$80,000
1949 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre Drophead CoupéB375DZ2009 RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $75,000$85,000
1949 Bentley MK VI Speciale 2008 Gooding & Company $500,000$700,000
1949 Bentley Mk VI Sport Saloon 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $65,000$75,000
1949 Bentley MkVI 4 1/4-Litre SaloonB449CD2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley & Selected PreWar Motor Cars & Automobilia   
1949 Bentley MkVI 41/4-Litre Drophead CoupeB265DZ2004 Bonhams Important Collectors Motor Cars $45,000$60,000
1949 BENTLEY MK VI COUNTRYMAN SHOOTING BRAKE 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $35,000$45,000

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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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