1953 Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe / B9T0 Chassis Information

1953 Bentley R-Type photograph

1953 Bentley R-Type photograph

1953 Bentley R-Type photograph

1953 Bentley R-Type photograph

1953 Bentley R-Type1953 Bentley R-Type1953 Bentley R-Type1953 Bentley R-Type
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B9T0
Sold for $176,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
When World War II came to a close, Rolls-Royce transferred production of its motor cars from Derby to its wartime aero-engine facility at Crewe. For the first time in the company's history, they built complete cars rather than just the chassis.

The first Bentley model to emerge after the war was the Mark VI, a virtual duplicate (sans radiator shell) of its sister, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. The bodies were styled by the company's own designers, with ex-Gurney Nutting Chief Designer John Blatchley adding refinement. With the standardized bodies, the work could be completed in greater numbers at its new factory in Crewe, England. Bentley and Rolls-Royce continued to offer custom coachwork at the owner's discretion.

In 1951, the engine capacity was increased to 4,566 cubic centimeters. The standard saloon body was revised with a longer boot in 1952. At the same time, chassis numbering had reached the R series, causing this model to become known as the R-Type in late-1952. At this time, an optional automatic transmission with twin SU carburetors also became available. In total, there were 2,325 R-Types were produced through 1955.

In 1959, Rolls-Royce purchased rival H.J. Mulliner. In 1969, Park War and Mulliner merged to form Mulliner Park Ward.

This Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe by Park Ward was delivered new to Mr. George Dawson in October of 1953. It is believed to be one of just six right-hand drive models built. The car is finished in Black Cherry exterior with a biscuit leather interior.

The current owner acquired the car several years ago and has displayed it at several events, winning a First in Class at a Rolls-Royce Owners' Club National Meet, the Jack Frost Ladies' Choice Trophy for Most Outstanding Car, and First Place at the 2013 Queen's English All-British Car Show at Woodley Park, as well as Best Coachbuilt Car.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014

2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Sale Price :
$176,000

2018 1
2017 2
2016 3
2015 5
2014 2
2013 5
2012 5
2011 4
2010 5
2009 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$25,850$25,8501
2017$21,326$23,0762
2016$22,113$33,0823
2015$568,715$1,525,0005
2014$693,000$1,210,0002
2013$193,392$702,6125
2012$483,467$1,622,5005
2011$44,413$106,4184
2010$81,904$141,4635
2009$23,659$37,7663

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE SEDAN
Chassis#: B417SP
Sold for $25,850
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: B95UL
Sold for $23,076
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon Coachwork by James Young
Chassis#: B372SR
Sold for $19,575
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type
Chassis#: B358TN
Sold for $33,082
  2016 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1953 Bentley Type R
Chassis#: B427SP
Sold for $17,600
  2016 The Finest : Aspen
 
1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE SALOON
Chassis#: B119TO
Sold for $15,658
  2016 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: B125T0
Sold for $30,579
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC25A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1953 Bentley R-Type image  1953 Bentley R-Type image  
1953 Bentley R Type
Chassis#: B113SP
Sold for $59,245
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Classic Cars
 
1953 Bentley R Sedan
Sold for $18,750
  2015 Leake Auctions - Dallas, Tx
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC16LA
Sold for $1,525,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1953 Bentley R-Type image  1953 Bentley R-Type image  
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC20A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1953 Bentley R-Type image  1953 Bentley R-Type image  
1953 Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: B9T0
Sold for $176,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1953 Bentley R-Type image  1953 Bentley R-Type image  
1953 BENTLEY Type R COACH HOOPER
Sold for $98,083
  2013 Artcurial Motorcars - Monaco 2013
 
1953 Bentley R-Type James Young Saloon
Chassis#: B7TO
Sold for $17,591
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster
Chassis#: B109TO
Sold for $117,420
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Sold for $31,255
  2013 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC24B
Sold for $702,612
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC16LA
Sold for $1,622,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1953 Bentley R-Type image  1953 Bentley R-Type image  
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC7C
Sold for $638,125
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Bentley R-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Bentley R-Type SR5 Special RoadsterB61UL2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $70,000$90,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC20A2017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $1,000,000$1,300,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB135TO2017 Barons : Classic Winter Warmer   
1953 Bentley R Type Continental FastbackBC20A2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBC10LB2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,400,000$1,800,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel SaloonB245UL2015 Historics at Brookland $15,000$20,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB84T2012 Russo and Steele Scottsdale   
1953 Bentley R Sedan 2011 Branson Collector Car Auction Oct 22, 2011$33,000  
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by MullinerBC3C2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $290,000$330,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Convertible Coachwork by Park WardB38CO5R2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $55,000$70,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis Num: B18RT
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis Num: B2RT
Engine Num: B1R
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Drophead Victoria
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Chassis Num: B-157-TO B-78 T
Engine Num: B 006157
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: B121SP
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Chassis Num: B84T
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B9T0
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LA
Engine Num: BCA15
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC20A
Engine Num: BCA19
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC25A
Engine Num: BCA24
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1953 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC9C
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B132LTN
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC29D
Engine Num: BED28
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC2LD
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC38LC
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: BC51LC
Engine Num: BCC50
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC62LC
Chassis information for the Bentley R Type1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC66LC
Engine Num: BCC65
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1955 Continental Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1955 Continental Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1955 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1955 Continental Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LD
Chassis information for the Bentley R-Type1955 Continental Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LD


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