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1947 Bentley Mark VI Coupe / B 9AJ Vehicle 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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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
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 :
USD $605,000

1947 Bentley Mark VI Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI DROPHEAD COUPÉ 'MAHARAJA OF BARODA' BY H.J. MULLINER
Chassis#: B42Ak
Sold for USD$310,195
  2021 RM Sothebys : A Passion for Elegance
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: B26BH
Sold for USD$483,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley Mark VI Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: B370BH
Sold for USD$53,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1947 Bentley Mk. VI Saloon by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: B60AK
Sold for USD$21,204
  2018 Historics @ Brooklands - Motor Museum
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B108AK
Sold for USD$157,649
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B245AJ
Sold for USD$130,503
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: B26BH
Sold for USD$396,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MkVI
Sold for USD$30,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI SALOON
Chassis#: B294BH
Sold for USD$34,788
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1947 Bentley Mk. VI Special Roadster by Mallalieu
Chassis#: B261NY
Sold for USD$55,158
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: B180AK
Sold for USD$88,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Fixed Head Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
Sold for USD$873,824
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1947 BENTLEY MKVI 4¼-LITRE SALOON
Chassis#: B80BH
Sold for USD$105,571
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1947 Bentley Mk VI Standard Steel Saloon
Sold for USD$16,033
  2014 Anglia Auction - Southern Ireland
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Coupe
Chassis#: B 9AJ
Sold for USD$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 USD$154,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
 
1947 Bentley MkVI Countryman Shooting Brake
Chassis#: B397BG
Sold for USD$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 USD$24,200
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1947 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre Sedanca Coupé
Chassis#: B287BG
Sold for USD$86,761
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY
Chassis#: B25071
Sold for USD$2,750,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
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 MKVI SPECIALB359BG2021 Bonhams MPH July $40,000$50,000
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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Bentley Mark VI Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: B 9AJ
Engine Num: B 65 A
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: B136BH
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B25071
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B26BH
Engine Num: B13B
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Sport Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sport Saloon

Model Year: 1948
Wagon
Bentley Mark VI Wagon

Coachbuilder: Harold Radford
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Cabriolet
Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet

Chassis Num: B 134BH
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Cresta Couupe
Bentley Mark VI Cresta Couupe

Coachbuilder: Facel Metallon
Chassis Num: B447CD
Model Year: 1948
Profile
James Young Sport Saloon
Bentley Mark VI James Young Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B495CD
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1949
Profile

Sport Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Sport Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Three-Position Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Model Year: 1949
Profile

Sedanca Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B175CD
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Shooting Brake
Bentley Mark VI Shooting Brake

Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B349GT
Model Year: 1949
Sport Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B357LEW
Engine Num: B428E
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

H.J. Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI H.J. Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B87EW
Engine Num: B293E
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Drophead
Bentley Mark VI Drophead

Model Year: 1950
Profile
Sports Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sports Saloon

Model Year: 1950

Sports Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sports Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1950
Profile
Lightweight Salon
Bentley Mark VI Lightweight Salon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1950
Profile
Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History

Countryman
Bentley Mark VI Countryman

Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis Num: B441DZ
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B47LFU
Engine Num: D275F
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Sports Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Sports Saloon

Chassis Num: B87LFU
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History

Sedan
Bentley Mark VI Sedan

Model Year: 1951
Facel-Metalon Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Facel-Metalon Coupe

Coachbuilder: Facel Metallon
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Coupe DeVille
Bentley Mark VI Coupe DeVille

Coachbuilder: Franay
Model Year: 1951
Profile

Countryman
Bentley Mark VI Countryman

Coachbuilder: Radford
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B-213-LH
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Saloon

Chassis Num: B121JN
Model Year: 1951

Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Saloon
Bentley Mark VI Saloon

Chassis Num: B196LJ
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B6LHR
Engine Num: B3H
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History

Drop Head Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drop Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B79LKL
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Empress Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Empress Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B92HR
Engine Num: B46H
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B135LNY
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: B184MD
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B342NZ
Engine Num: B171N
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B72LNZ
Engine Num: BA649
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History


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