1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe / B342NZ Chassis Information

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B342NZ
Engine # B171N
High bid of $200,000 at 2016 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
Sold for $434,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
The Bentley Mark VI represented the first post-World War II development by Rolls-Royce and Bentley of a luxury car designed for owner-drivers. The Mark VI was powered by a new F-head engine with overhead intake and side exhaust valves. The X-braced chassis frame employed an independent front suspension setup and came equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox and hydraulically operated front and servo-assisted mechanical rear brakes. Over the years that followed, the design was continually refined, with May 1951 seeing the introduction of the more powerful 'Big Bore' model featured a 4.5-liter engine, with full-flow oil filter and dual exhaust.

Roughly seventy-five percent of the Mark VI models were given the factory's Standard Steel Saloon body. 1,022 received special coachwork, and five of those were given drophead coupe bodies.

Sir John Black, the Managing Director of Standard Motor Company Ltd., commissioned this unique 1952 Bentley Mark VI four-passenger convertible coupe with coachwork by Mulliner of Birmingham in 1950. After acquiring the Triumph Motor Company, Sir John's Standard Motor Company worked with the coachbuilder to design and build the Triumph Razoredge saloon in 1946, from which several design elements were used on his new Bentley. Sir John's Mark VI later served as the inspiration for the design for the 1956 Standard Motors - built Triumph TR2. The signature flowing line of the Bentley's flanks can be found on both the earlier Razoredge and the later TR2. This car is the only Bentley finished by Mulliner of Birmingham after 1945. It has a one-off design by Stuart Peck.

Shortly after the new Triumph sports cars were introduced, Sir John sold the Bentley to Leslie Onslow of Bournemouth. It later was sent to California where its owners included C.J. Gelber, who drove it for a decade, and A. Sheratin Atkinson. In 1973, it was purchased by Dr. Kurt Hammerstrom and began a restoration before storing it for the next 37 years. His estate sold it to a Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiast in California, who commissioned an extensive and authentic mechanical and cosmetic restoration, lasting five years and over 12,000 man-hours.

The only change made to the original specifications was to replace the original, black livery with three shades of grey. The interior features red leather seats that are piped in grey, with grey carpets and top, polished wood veneer. The door interiors feature an Art Deco 'sunburst' stitch pattern in red leather. The original 'His Master's Voice' Radiomobile 100 radio has been converted to AM/FM operation, with hidden speakers fitted in the doors.

After the restoration was completed, the car was displayed in the post-war Touring class at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, followed by several other California events. Accolades include Best in Class and Most Elegant Open Car at Ironstone, Best in Class and Best of Show at the Niello Concours, and Best in Class at Hillsborough.

2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$434,000

2016 Mecum : Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$200,000

2018 3
2017 5
2016 2
2015 1
2014 1
2013 6
2010 1
2009 3
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$157,304$434,0003
2017$107,520$253,0005
2016$59,600$95,0002
2015$65,500$65,5001
2014$16,800$16,8001
2013$44,936$82,4266
2010$131,140$131,1401
2009$37,070$91,6953
2008$39,247$39,2471
2006$50,481$50,4811

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: :B260NZ
Sold for $15,750
  2018 H & H Auction - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Foursome Coupe by Mulliners of Birmingham
Chassis#: B342NZ
Sold for $434,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B373MB
Sold for $22,163
  2018 H&H - Pavilion Gardens Motor Car
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Special
Chassis#: B239NY
Sold for $63,241
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1952 BENTLEY MK VI SPECIAL
Chassis#: B351NY
Sold for $14,558
  2017 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: B72LNZ
Sold for $198,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1953 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet Conversion by Graber
Chassis#: B184MD
Sold for $253,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1952 Bentley Mark VI Saloon
Sold for $8,800
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B135LNY
Sold for $95,000
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1952 Bentley MK VI Sports Saloon
Sold for $24,200
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1952 Bentley Mark 6
Sold for $65,500
  2015 Carlisle Events : Zephyrhills Winter Auction
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B409NY
Sold for $16,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1952 BENTLEY MKVI 4½-LITRE SALOON
Chassis#: B171PU
Sold for $26,906
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1952 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: B137MB
Sold for $52,201
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Special by Charles Teall
Chassis#: B351NY
Sold for $82,426
  2013 Silverstone : CarFest South Pride & Joy Auction
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI
Sold for $26,000
  2013 Mecum - Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI
Sold for $26,000
  2013 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1952 BENTLEY MKVI DONINGTON SPECIAL BY JOHNARD
Sold for $56,085
  2013 Anglia Car Auctions - King's Lynn
 
1952 Bentley MK VI
Sold for $131,140
  2010 Coys Auction -The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot Racecourse
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Sedan
Sold for $8,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Bentley Mark VI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 BENTLEY MK VIB145PU2019 The Roy Savage Collection of Classic Cars $60,000$70,000
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead CoupeB342NZ2016 Mecum : Monterey$200,000  
1952 Bentley Mark VI 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1952 Bentley Mark VI 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$40,000  
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre SaloonB204PV2011 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $18,000$20,000
1952 Bentley MkVI 4½-Litre CoupéB287NY2011 Bonhams Bonhams Oxford, Collectors' Motor Cars $70,000$90,000
1952 Bentley Mark VI CabrioletB192MD2011 The Scottsdale Auction Gooding & Company $225,000$275,000
1952 Bentley MkVI kSaloonB226PV2006 Bonhams A Sale of RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $22,000$25,000
1952 Bentley MkVI 4.6-Litre CabrioletB467NY2005 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars & Automobilia $28,000$32,000
1952 BENTLEY MARK VI TWO DOOR 2002 Kruse Auction Ft. Lauderdale, FL$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 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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