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1952 Bentley Mark VI

Chassis number : B342NZ

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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.

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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 of the Bentley Mark VI

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 BENTLEY MARK VI 4½-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: B455NY
Sold for USD$67,490
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris
 
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
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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
 

Bentley Mark VIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1952 Bentley Mark VI Profiles

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B342NZ
Engine #: B171N
1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B135LNY
1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B72LNZ
Engine #: BA649
1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hermann Graber
Chassis #: B184MD