1947 Bentley Mark VI Coupe / B 9AJ 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 VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

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Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: B 9AJ
Engine # B 65 A
Sold for $605,000 at 2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
The Goutte d'Eau or 'Teardrop' coupes on the Talbot T150CSS chassis is perhaps the most memorable designs of the Figoni et Falaschi Company. From the late 1920s through the late 1940s, their work would inspire and captivate the automotive community. Their coachwork was rolling works of art and complimented by intricate detail accessories accented by chrome trim pieces. Even their blade bumpers, which primary purpose was a safety device, was transformed into a beautiful, delicate feature.

As their business grew, they entered a partnership between Joseph (Giuseppe by birth) Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi. Figoni was the craftsman while Falaschi was the well-connected businessman.

In the late 1940s, the company came under the direction of Joseph Figoni's son, Claude, who actually made more money after the war than before. Though this was a unique situation for a French coachbuilder at the time, the company was relatively successful, due to the demand for custom coachwork from the United States. Their work would bring color and glamour into the drab postwar European world.

Though most of Figoni et Falaschi's work was performed on Delahaye and Talbot Lago chassis, it was up to the client to dictate what chassis their coachwork might clothe. Figoni and Falaschi would cloth just three Bentleys, one pre-war and two post-war. The first was a 1936 Derby Bentley ordered by Roger Goldet. The second Bentley was a 1939 Derby model with DeVillars coachwork. The owner, wanted new coachwork in the post style, and commissioned Figoni to perform the task.

Thus, Figoni only built one, true post-war Bentley. It was chassis number B9AJ on a Mark VI chassis and carries Figoni design/body number 1016. The work was carried out for its original owner, Mr. J. Rodriques. Mr. Rodriques lived in Paris but spent much of his time in Monaco.

The car's original color was dark gray with a blue leather interior. Its original Monegasque registration was 'MC 276'.

The car features the double bladed front bumpers, chrome trim, sweeping pontoon chrome-tipped airplane-style fenders, and horns integrated within the front headlights. The Bentley was purchased through local agents Franco Britannic Automobiles in March of 1947. The car had a speedometer in kilometers, and wiring for a center lamp.

By the mid-1960s, the Bentley had crossed the Atlantic and was in United States ownership. In 1964, it was in the care of George O'Mea in Los Angeles, followed by Donald Cruickshank of San Jose in 1965, and it changed hands the year later to Joseph De Luca of San Francisco.

In the late 1980s, the care was sold to Eugene Beardslee, who had the car refurbished by Bob Turnquist at Hibernia. The work was completed in the summer of 1990, in time to be put on display at that year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it was put in the Postwar European Custom Coachwork category. At the end of the day, it had secured the Best in Class award.

In the early 2010s, the car was stripped down and given a repaint. It is now finished in black. The engine is a 4256cc overhead valve six-cylinder unit fitted with 2 SU carburetors and offering approximately 132 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: B 9AJ
Engine # B 65 A
Sold for $605,000 at 2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
This is the only post-war Bentley bodied by Figoni et Falaschi. Combining the finest attributes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the Bentley Mark VI Standard Steel Saloon was the first model offered after the return to peace.

Nearly 80% of the MK VI chassis carries a surprisingly elegant, although somewhat heavy, steel body which was similar to the late Pre-War MK V Park Ward four door Saloon. Although quite similar, they were not as well received as the wildly successful 'Silent Sports Cars' of the 1930s. The car would, however, be well received by the well-heeled buyers hungry for new prestige automobiles.

Of the 5,201 Mark VI's produced, 999 were delivered to coachbuilders for special bodies. The most common were H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young and Hooper. Only one Mark VI chassis was sent to Parisian coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi, which is this fine automobile. The prominent Parisian coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi was a company best known for the aerodynamic yet graceful designs seen on Delahayes and Talbot Lagos. Their designs, influenced by aeronautics, became known for 'tear drop' silhouettes, pontoon wings, wing skirts, raked windshields and flush fittings. Ovidio Falaschi fancied himself as a couturier of motor cars, frequently rebodying a chassis multiple times until he was pleased with the results

Claude Figoni, the son of Joseph Figoni, recalls when he took the order for this car in 1947 for a Mr. Rodrigues, 'a tall, elegant gentleman with wonderful manners.'

This car would eventually enter the United States in 1964 where it remained in California before being sold to prominent collector in New York. The car was stripped to bare metal and re-sprayed in a spectacular black finish which complements the double bladed chrome bumpers and graceful rear wings.

2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction

Sale Price :
$605,000

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$268,350$483,5002
2018$86,945$157,6492
2017$185,501$396,0003
2015$59,315$88,0003
2014$400,107$873,8244
2013$154,000$154,0001
2012$739,286$2,750,0004
2011$113,500$117,0002
2009$13,936$25,8504
2007$118,884$118,8841

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 $16,240
  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 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 VI1949 H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Park Ward Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Mark VI 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 H.J. Mulliner Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B357LEW
Engine Num: B428E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B87EW
Engine Num: B293E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Lightweight Salon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
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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