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1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe / B342NZ Vehicle 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

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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 :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $434,000

2016 Mecum : Monterey

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

1952 Bentley Mark VI Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 BENTLEY MARK VI SALOON COUPÉ BY JAMES YOUNG
Chassis#: B260MD
Sold for USD$224,316
  2021 RM Sothebys : A Passion for Elegance
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: B 465 NY
Sold for USD$123,200
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Special
Chassis#: B351NY
Sold for USD$85,386
  2020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, The European Summer Auction
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI 'Special'
Sold for USD$85,500
  2019 Silverstone - NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI 4½-Litre Sports
Chassis#: B239NY
Sold for USD$65,884
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1952 Bentley MkVI
Sold for USD$22,000
  2019 Mecum Portland
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: :B260NZ
Sold for USD$20,508
  2018 H & H Auction - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Foursome Coupe by Mulliners of Birmingham
Chassis#: B342NZ
Sold for USD$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 USD$28,776
  2018 H&H - Pavilion Gardens Motor Car
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Special
Chassis#: B239NY
Sold for USD$63,241
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1952 BENTLEY MK VI SPECIAL
Chassis#: B351NY
Sold for USD$14,558
  2017 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: B72LNZ
Sold for USD$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 USD$253,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1952 Bentley Mark VI Saloon
Sold for USD$8,800
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B135LNY
Sold for USD$95,000
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
1952 Bentley Mark VI image  1952 Bentley Mark VI image  
1952 Bentley MK VI Sports Saloon
Sold for USD$24,200
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1952 Bentley Mark 6
Sold for USD$65,500
  2015 Carlisle Events : Zephyrhills Winter Auction
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Chassis#: B409NY
Sold for USD$16,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1952 BENTLEY MKVI 4½-LITRE SALOON
Chassis#: B171PU
Sold for USD$26,906
  2013 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1952 Bentley MK VI H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: B137MB
Sold for USD$52,201
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 

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 VI Freestone & Webb SaloonBT46NZ2020 H & H Imperial War Museum Duxford $30,000$40,000
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$40,000  
1952 Bentley Mark VI 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee   
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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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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