1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon / BC26A Vehicle Information

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type photograph

1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type1952 Bentley R-Type
Continental Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: BC26A
Registration #: OLG490
Just 208 Bentley R-Type Continentals were built, but the model made a huge impact both for Bentley and for car styling in general. The standard R-Type's 4,566cc, 6-cylinder engine was tuned to provide 153 bhp. And, to keep weight down, H.J. Mulliner crafted the bodywork and all the fittings in aluminum. Designed by Ivan Evernden and John Blatchley, the R-Type Continental was the world's fastest sports saloon at the time.

This unique Continental was the prototype, and due to her registration number (OLG490), she is known throughout the world as 'Olga.' During the car's development she was often referred to as the Corniche II. Her aerodynamic aluminum body features a split windshield, and her roof is an inch taller than the later production R-Type continentals. Olga was first tested on the banked Montlhery circuit near Paris in September 1951, when she averaged 118.75 mph over five laps. Olga was retained by the factory until 1959 when Stanley Sedgwick, the President of the Bentley Drivers Club, persuaded Bentley to sell him the car. During his 25 years of ownership, Sedgwick drove Olga all over Europe. In 1985 he sold his beloved Olga to Victor Gauntlet, the Chairman of Aston Martin, who sold her to Bob Lee in 1998.


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1952 Bentley R-Type Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Bentley R-Type Empress Saloon
Chassis#: B25RS
Sold for USD$44,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC10A
Sold for USD$742,089
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: BC14LA
Sold for USD$1,347,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1952 Bentley R-Type image  1952 Bentley R-Type image  
1952 Bentley R-Type Straight-Eight Special 'The Fire Engine'
Chassis#: B266SR
Sold for USD$51,099
  2016 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon 'Rallye Monte-Carlo'
Chassis#: B68SR
Sold for USD$53,155
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Continental 4.9-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC24A
Sold for USD$814,223
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: B234SR
Sold for USD$46,135
  2013 H & H - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: B202SR
Sold for USD$14,191
  2012 H & H - Newbury Racecourse
 
1952 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon
Chassis#: BC7A
Sold for USD$845,215
  2012 RM Auctions - London
1952 Bentley R-Type image  1952 Bentley R-Type image  
1952 Bentley MK VI
Chassis#: B62PV
Sold for USD$15,675
  2011 Russo and Steele - Monterey Auction
 
1952 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#: B4SR
Sold for USD$26,934
  2010 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1952 Bentley R Type Two Door Coupe
Chassis#: B2 RT
Sold for USD$144,500
  2010 FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS' MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
1952 Bentley R-Type image  1952 Bentley R-Type image  
1952 Bentley R-Type Coupe
Chassis#: B2RT
Sold for USD$105,600
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1952 Bentley R-Type image  1952 Bentley R-Type image  
1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#: 811145
Sold for USD$28,876
  2007 Coys Auction - True Greats
 
1952 BENTLEY R TYPE
Sold for USD$14,375
  2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Bentley R-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Bentley R-Type H.J. Mulliner Sports SaloonB62RT2019 H & H Classics Imperial War Museum, Buxton $24,000$28,000
1952 Bentley R-Type James Young SaloonB36RT2019 H & H Classics Imperial War Museum, Duxford $38,000$45,000
1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon 2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $700,000$800,000
1952 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBCA12018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,500,000$2,000,000
1952 Bentley R TypeB121RS2015 Barons Auction : Autumn Classic Sandown Park $27,000$31,000
1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon (Standard Steel)B162SR2015 Historics at Brookland $28,000$34,000
1952 Bentley R type 2008 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Toronto Fall$16,000  

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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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