1954 Bentley R Type Coupe / BC51LC Chassis 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

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Coupe
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: BC51LC
Engine # BCC50
Sold for $963,235 (€700,000) at 2014 RM Auctions : Monaco.
A very special variant of the iconic R-Type Continental Fastback, on one of 24 left-drive central gear change four-speed chassis, was sent to Franco-Brittanic Automobiles December 21, 1953. It was driven from the port to Paris by an FBA chauffeur seated on a crate and sent to Franay of Paris for coachwork, completed and delivered May 20, 1954. Franay built five bodies out of the 208 R-Continental chassis supplied by Rolls-Royce between 1952 and 1955. The other four, not all of which are known to still exist, were more plebian 'notchback' designs similar to production French Fords and the like. Complete difficult to acquire tools and correct handbook accompany the vehicle along with factory records and complete unbroken ownership pedigree.

The car is the only LHD R-Type Continental Franay Fastback in existence! 1 of only 5 bodies that Franay built for the Continental R-Type chassis. Production of the Bentley R-Type started in 1952 and continued through 1955; a great departure from Bentley's traditional chauffeur-driven sedan, the Continental was designed to be driven by the owner-enthusiast. Only 208 cars were built during the three-year period and just 43 had left-hand drive. Profiles of the Continental and the Bentley Mark VI standard sedan are indistinguishable up to the rear edge of the front doors; beyond that point the 'fastback' design incorporates a rear window and a sweeping trunk lid that results in a more spacious luggage compartment. The R-Type was delivered as a rolling chassis for the creation of custom coachwork. This R-Type Continental has a 4,566 cc engine (4.5-liter), a four-speed manual transmission with floor-mounted shifter, and a rear axle geared for high-speed touring; the R-Type can maintain 120-mph for hours without breaking a sweat. Most Continentals were fastbacks built by H. J. Mulliner & Co. in London; Park Ward in London built six, Graber in Switzerland built three, Franay in Paris bodied five cars, and Pinin Farina in Italy created only one. This extremely rare and beautiful example was delivered new to Vandendreissche & Fils May 20th, 1954 in France. Former owners include: D.J. Smith, USA- January 1965 Gene Littler, USA – July 1977 Richard Gorman, USA, 1990 Bill Jacobs, Jr., Joliet, IL. USA, 1990 Blackhawk Collection, Danville, CA. USA, 1990 – current


2014 RM Auctions : Monaco

Sale Price :
$963,235 (€700,000.00)

2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,500,000-$1,750,000 
Lot was not sold

2018 1
2017 3
2016 5
2015 1
2014 2
2013 2
2012 2
2011 4
2010 2
2009 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$88,000$88,0001
2017$375,103$1,083,0003
2016$759,784$1,870,0005
2015$23,100$23,1001
2014$987,618$1,012,0002
2013$1,064,763$1,980,0002
2012$512,119$986,0102
2011$534,968$753,5004
2010$31,371$39,8872
2009$117,555$180,0392

Recent Sales

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