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1952 Bentley Mark VI

Chassis number : B72LNZ

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Sold for $198,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
There were 57 examples of Park Ward's drophead coupe, design number 99, built on the Bentley Mk. VI, with bodies constructed of corrosion-resistant and lightweight aluminum panels. Just 12 of these were given left-hand-drive configuration from the factory, including this particular example. It was supplied on March 27th of 1952 to Mrs. Ariel P. Hall of Marblehead, Massachusetts, via Boston's Foreign Motors. Mrs. Hall was a harpist, who - years later - traded it in for a Cadillac while in Houston on a concert tour.

The second recorded owner is Alex Cameron III of Houston, Texas. In late 1956, it was advertised for sale in a local newspaper, and purchased by Harold Block of El Paso. He used it regularly for the next seven years. At the time, it had registered about 30,000 miles. He kept the car for several decades, driving it occasionally but mostly keeping it in storage. Between 1974 and 1978, he had the Bentley restored and finished in a color scheme of silver taupe over black, with complementary upholstery.

In 2014, at the age of 76, Mr. Block sold his Bentley after seeing the odometer tick over to 100,000. The car was purchased by Mr. Orin Smith.

The car has the correct and rare Lucas R-70 headlamps with their Bentley 'B' insignia, single left-hand exhaust pipe, and the correct clock mounted in the right-hand 'cubby door.'


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

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2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $198,000

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
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1953 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet Conversion by Graber
Chassis#: B184MD
Sold for USD$253,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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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
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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