1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe / B25071 Chassis 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

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

1947 Bentley Mark VI photograph

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Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis Num: B25071
Sold for $2,750,000 at 2012 Barrett-Jackson.
The Mark VI Bentley was an all-new car introduced in 1946, just after World War II. Most have standard bodies built by Rolls-Royce, but some had custom coachwork, such as this example of a one-off body built by French coachbuilder Franay, widely known for their exotic, highly-styled coachwork. This particular example has been widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the world.

It was built for a French industrialist, Monsieur Gudol, and exhibited at the 1947 Paris Auto Show. It was the first car to win a major Concours d'Elegance after WWII. In addition to its outstanding style, it has a host of features including separate compartments to house a variety of glasses and silver stemware, compartments for drinking flasks and crystal decanters, and a custom Franay suitcase in a fitted compartment.

After leaving the original owner, it was acquired by owners who did not maintain it. It was acquired by well-known collector Gary Wales in 1979 in poor condition. Mr. Wales undertook an extensive restoration to bring it to its present pristine condition. During Mr. Wales' 27 years of ownership, it won over 50 major awards at various Concours events throughout the world including Best of Show at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club national meets in 1991 and 1999.

The present owner acquired the car in 2012.

Chassis# B25071

2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
Sale Price : $2,750,000

Analysis

Chassis number B25071 Auction Sales History
2012$2,750,000

2017 3
2015 3
2014 4
2013 1
2012 4
2011 2
2009 4
2007 1
2006 2
2005 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$185,501$396,0003
2015$59,315$88,0003
2014$400,107$873,8244
2013$154,000$154,0001
2012$739,286$2,750,0004
2011$113,500$117,0002
2009$13,936$25,8504
2007$118,884$118,8841
2006$890,415$1,760,0002
2005$44,836$69,6962

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Bentley MK VI Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B245AJ
Sold for $130,503
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: B26BH
Sold for $396,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MkVI
Sold for $30,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI SALOON
Chassis#: B294BH
Sold for $34,788
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1947 Bentley Mk. VI Special Roadster by Mallalieu
Chassis#: B261NY
Sold for $55,158
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: B180AK
Sold for $88,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1947 Bentley Mark VI Fixed Head Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
Sold for $873,824
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1947 BENTLEY MKVI 4¼-LITRE SALOON
Chassis#: B80BH
Sold for $105,571
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1947 Bentley Mk VI Standard Steel Saloon
Sold for $16,033
  2014 Anglia Auction - Southern Ireland
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Coupe
Chassis#: B 9AJ
Sold for $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 $154,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
 
1947 Bentley MkVI Countryman Shooting Brake
Chassis#: B397BG
Sold for $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 $24,200
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1947 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre Sedanca Coupé
Chassis#: B287BG
Sold for $86,761
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares
 
1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY
Chassis#: B25071
Sold for $2,750,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MkVI Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B136BH
Sold for $117,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B136BH
Sold for $110,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
1947 Bentley Mark VI image  1947 Bentley Mark VI image  
1947 Bentley MK VI Saloon
Sold for $10,500
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 
1947 Bentley MK VI Special Roadster 'Blue Blooded Hot Rod'
Sold for $5,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 
1947 Bentley MkVI Saloon
Chassis#: B54AK
Sold for $14,393
  2009 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum
 

No Sale

1947 Bentley Mark VI's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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