1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe / B72LNZ 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 VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI1952 Bentley Mark VI
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B72LNZ
Engine #: BA649
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


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

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
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
 
1952 Bentley MK VI Special by Charles Teall
Chassis#: B351NY
Sold for USD$82,426
  2013 Silverstone : CarFest South Pride & Joy Auction
 
1952 Bentley Mark VI
Sold for USD$26,000
  2013 Mecum - Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic
 

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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: B 9AJ
Engine Num: B 65 A
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B25071
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: B26BH
Engine Num: B13B
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI Countryman1948 Wagon
Coachbuilder: Harold Radford
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1948 James Young Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B495CD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B175CD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Shooting Brake
Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B349GT
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B357LEW
Engine Num: B428E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1949 H.J. Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B87EW
Engine Num: B293E
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Lightweight Salon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1950 Countryman
Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis Num: B441DZ
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Facel-Metalon Coupe
Coachbuilder: Facel Metallon
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Coupe DeVille
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Countryman
Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B-213-LH
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Chassis Num: B121JN
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B181HP
Engine Num: B215H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Saloon
Chassis Num: B196LJ
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B79LKL
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1951 Empress Coupe
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: B92HR
Engine Num: B46H
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B135LNY
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: B184MD
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B342NZ
Engine Num: B171N
Chassis information for the Bentley Mark VI1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B72LNZ
Engine Num: BA649


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