1954 Bentley R Type Drophead Coupe / B132LTN Vehicle Information

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type photograph

1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type1954 Bentley R Type
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B132LTN
After World War II, Rolls-Royce embarked on a engineering approach that resulted in key commonality in components with Bentley and, for the first time, began building complete automobiles (both chassis and bodies). However, the companies also supplied the remaining coachbuilders with the chassis of these models and these cars went on to become the most rare and desirable examples, then and now.

In 1951, the R-Type Bentley was introduced as a further development of the MK VI. It had a standard factory body with more luggage space. It also had an enlarged 6-cylinder 4.5-liter engine and was offered with an advanced automatic transmission. Several R-Types were sold as a chassis to be bodied by a client's preferred coachbuilder. Park Ward, which was later purchased by Rolls-Royce, was at the time an independent company with many designs for postwar Bentley and Rolls-Royce customers.

Following its appearance at the 1953 International Motor Show at Earls Court in London, it went to the shipper on December 4th for delivery to its first owner of record, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who purchased it for his second wife. Records show two subsequent caretakers held the car for lengthy periods of time until 2013. While it was complete and in good condition the car did not reflect the condition commensurate to its production and historical significance. So a full Concours quality restoration was commissioned by the current owners.

This is one of the most stylish R-Types and is the only left-hand drive, two light convertible ever built by Park Ward. It received coachwork to Park Ward's design 554. Of the 51 Park Wards produced only four received design 554 and this example is the only left-hand drive example.


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1954 Bentley R Type Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE STANDARD SALOON
Chassis#: B39ZX
Sold for USD$88,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by Franay
Sold for USD$1,083,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Icons
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon (Standard steel)
Chassis#: B64WH
Sold for USD$20,785
  2017 Historics at Brooklands-Motor Museum
 
1954 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#: B133WG
Sold for USD$21,523
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1954 Bentley R Type
Chassis#: B70YD
Sold for USD$37,671
  2016 Barons : Annual Christmas Classic - Sandown Park
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Abbott FHC
Sold for USD$50,333
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1954 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#: B137YA
Sold for USD$25,914
  2016 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC66LC
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1954 Bentley R Type image  1954 Bentley R Type image  
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC2LD
Sold for USD$1,815,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1954 Bentley R Type image  1954 Bentley R Type image  
1954 Bentley R Type
Sold for USD$23,100
  2015 Morphy Auctions : Premier Automobile Sale
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC41D
Sold for USD$1,012,000
  2014 Silverstone : Salon Prive
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by Franay
Chassis#: BC51LC
Sold for USD$963,235
  2014 RM Auctions : Monaco
1954 Bentley R Type image  1954 Bentley R Type image  
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC5LD
Sold for USD$1,980,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Sports Special
Chassis#: B191WG
Sold for USD$149,526
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC 28C
Sold for USD$986,010
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: B119YA
Sold for USD$38,227
  2012 The Pavilion Gardens
 
1954 Bentley R-Type 4.6-Litre Coupé
Chassis#: B329SP
Sold for USD$164,578
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Chassis#: BC31LD
Sold for USD$742,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC62LC
Sold for USD$753,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1954 Bentley R Type image  1954 Bentley R Type image  
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC71C
Sold for USD$479,295
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Bentley R Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports SaloonBC70C2019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $500,000$700,000
1954 Bentley R Type Standard Steel SaloonB141ZX2018 Anglia Car Auctions : June 2018 $25,000$30,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBC70C2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC14D2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco $750,000$950,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBC58D2015 Silverstone Auction Salon Prive Sale   
1954 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback£): 800,0002014 Silverstone Auction NEC Classic Motor Show 2014 $800,000$900,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports SaloonBC51LC2014 Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction $1,500,000$1,750,000
1954 Bentley R-Type SaloonB155YA2012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1954 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Sports SaloonB155YA2012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia $23,000$26,000
1954 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Sports SaloonB105WG2011 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $16,000$20,000
1954 BENTLEY R TYPEB243LYA2011 McCormicks Auction #50 Palm Springs CA$28,000  
1954 BENTLEY R TYPEB243LYA2010 McCormick's Auction #49 Palm Springs, CA$39,000  
1954 Bentley R-Type CountrymanB190UM2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $40,000$50,000
1954 Bentley R Type Saloon 2009 Leake Auctions Houston Annual Leake Auto Auction Reliant Center$15,000  
1954 Bentley R-Type SaloonB187WG2006 Bonhams A Sale of RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $18,000$22,000
1954 Bentley R-Type SaloonB393SP2005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $55,000$65,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Lightweight CoupeB77ZX2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$60,000$70,000$90,000
1954 Bentley R-Type CoupeB77ZX2003 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia $30,000$40,000

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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: B157UL
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 Continental Fastback
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC35LC
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 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: BC63LC
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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