1949 Bentley Mark VI

After World War II, and as the country slowly reverted to a peacetime economy, Rolls-Royce moved its Motor Division out of Derby to a facility it had established at Crewe in Cheshire for the purpose of building Spitfire engines. Pyms Lane was to become the longest ever serving home to the marque; its current location. The motor manufacturers of Great Britain were served a completely new and ultra-punitive taxation culture, as a direct consequence of the massive debt that the country had accrued to defeat fascism. Rolls-Royce faced this challenge with the introduction of the Bentley MK VI, a successful model that helped ensure sufficient breathing space for the parent company to re-establish its prestige and position.

The Bentley MKVI was introduced in 1946 and was the first post-war Bentley model. They featured a cruciform-braced chassis with independent front suspension and a leaf-sprung 'live' rear axle. Power was from a 4257cc overhead inlet side exhaust valve straight-six engine mated to a synchromesh four-speed manual gearbox (choice of either floor or column selection). With the Bentley 'standard steel saloon' coachwork, the MKVI was capable of over 100 mph. Braking was handed by hydraulic drum brakes in the front and mechanical actuation of the rear drums.

The Bentley MK VI were similar to the contemporary Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, primary differences were to the grille, trim and badging. Mechanically the two were identical. Both shared the 4,257cc F-head straight-six, and horsepower figures and output was never released, but estimated at approximately 126-132 horsepower with induction handled by a pair of SU carburetors (Stromberg for LHD cars) and electrical components supplied by Lucas.

Between 1946 and 1952, a total of 4,946 Mk VI Bentley's left the works.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019
1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren

Bentley's postwar production started with the Mark IV, the production line pushing out a new, luxury 4-door sedan and some rolling chassis for independent coachbuilders. Vanvooren was a Parisian coachbuilder, founded in 1918, which had had a strong r....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

H.J. Mulliner Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B357LEW
Engine Num: B428E

The Bentley Mark VI was introduced in 1946 and was the first post War Bentley of Rolls-Royce design. The first owner of the Mark VI took delivery of the car in September 1946. Power was from a new F-head engine featuring overhead intake and side mo....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Mark VI Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Pininfarina

This is a 1949 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Pinin Farina. It is believed that Pinin Farina and Facel-Metallon created 17 of these cars. Nine are believed to have been prototypes. ....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

This 1949 Bentley Sedanca de Ville has coachwork by Gurney Nutting. Most Bentleys of this era featured coachwork by H.J. Mulliner.....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B87EW
Engine Num: B293E

The Bentley Mark VI was the first Bentley with completely new postwar design. It was powered by a new F-head 4.3-liter engine featuring overhead intake, side exhaust valves and an aluminum cylinder head. The Mark VI was the first Bentley with standar....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Park Ward Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

This Bentley was hand-built by the Park Ward Company of Willesden, England, for Mr. and Mrs. Robert deGraff and was the only Park Ward dual-side mount left-hand post war Bentley ever produced. It was delivered on June 16th of 1949 in Holland and the ....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: B175CD

This Bentley MK VI was ordered by Iraq's Prince Regent 'Abd al-Ilah. It was given Sedanca Coupe coachwork by Hooper & Co. The chassis had been intended for a Swiss doctor, but was redistributed for the prince regent's order. The work was completed in....[continue reading]

1949 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Worblaufen

This car appeared on the Rolls-Royce & Bentley stand at the 1950 Geneva Auto Show. This three-position drophead coupe is one of maybe two that has coachwork designed by Worblaufen of Geneva, Switzerland, mounted on a Bentley Mark VI chassis for the 1....[continue reading]

Sport Coupe by Vanvooren
 
H.J. Mulliner Sport Saloon by Mulliner
Chassis #: B357LEW 
Mark VI Sport Saloon by Pininfarina
 
H.J. Mulliner Saloon by Mulliner
 
H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: B87EW 
Park Ward Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Sedanca Coupe by Hooper
Chassis #: B175CD 
Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Worblaufen
 

Related Reading : Bentley Mark VI History

In 1946 Bentley introduced the Mark VI which stayed in production until 1952 with just over 5200 examples being produced. The Mark VIs were large and impressive four-door automobiles. This marked the first automobile completely constructed by Rolls Royce and signified their desire to move towards a standardized body construction. Prior to this, Rolls Royce and Bentley provided a rolling chassis....
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