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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

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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 Continental FastbackBC8LA2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction $1,000,000$1,250,000
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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1952 Bentley R-Type vehicle thumbnail image  1952 Bentley R-Type vehicle thumbnail image  
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Bentley R-Type Vehicle Profiles
Continental Fastback Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sport Saloon

Model Year: 1952
Profile
Drop Head Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drop Head Coupe

Model Year: 1952
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1952

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1952
Drophead Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis Num: B18RT
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Coupe
Bentley R-Type Coupe

Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis Num: B2RT
Engine Num: B1R
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Continental Fastback Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sport Saloon

Chassis Num: BC14LA
Engine Num: BCC4
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Continental Sports Saloon
Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC26A
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Continental Fastback Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sport Saloon

Chassis Num: BC7A
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Continental Fastback Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sport Saloon

Chassis Num: BCA1
Engine Num: BCA1
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1953
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1953

Sedanca Coupe
Bentley R-Type Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Drophead Victoria
Bentley R-Type Drophead Victoria

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Chassis Num: B-157-TO B-78 T
Engine Num: B 006157
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: B121SP
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Chassis Num: B157UL
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Chassis Num: B84T
Model Year: 1953
Drophead Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B9T0
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LA
Engine Num: BCA15
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC20A
Engine Num: BCA19
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC25A
Engine Num: BCA24
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC9C
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1954
Profile
Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Model Year: 1954

Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Sport Saloon
Bentley R-Type Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Fastback Coupe
Bentley R-Type Fastback Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1954
Profile

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1954
Drophead Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B132LTN
Model Year: 1954
Profile

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: BC29D
Engine Num: BED28
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Fastback Coupe
Bentley R-Type Fastback Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC2LD
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Continental Fastback
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC35LC
Model Year: 1954
Profile

Saloon
Bentley R-Type Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC38LC
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Coupe
Bentley R-Type Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: BC51LC
Engine Num: BCC50
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Fastback Coupe
Bentley R-Type Fastback Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC62LC
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: BC63LC
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Fastback Coupe
Bentley R-Type Fastback Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC66LC
Engine Num: BCC65
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Continental Fastback
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1955
Profile

Continental Fastback
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Sports Coupe
Bentley R-Type Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Continental Fastback
Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LD
Model Year: 1955
Profile

Continental Fastback
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Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BC16LD
Model Year: 1955


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