1952 Bentley Mark VI

Production of Bentley's first postwar luxury car, the Mark VI, began in 1946 and continued through 1952. It was the first model built with all-steel coachwork and the first car fully assembled and completed at their factory. The coachwork was constructed by Park Ward, a company that was founded in 1919 by William M. Park and Charles W. Ward.

Park Ward built bodies for various car manufacturers in the early 1920s and initially became associated with Bentley after they moved their chassis manufacturing factory to a nearby town. Bentley enlisted Park Ward to complete the coachwork for the majority of their cars in the mid-1920s.

Rolls-Royce purchased Bentley in 1931, precluding Bentley purchasing a stake in Park Ward Coachwork.

With the start of the Mark VI chassis, Bentley was producing their own all-steel bodies in 4-door and 2-door saloon, and 2-door Drophead Coupe configuration. They also produced a bare chassis for custom coachwork to satisfy customer's individual requests.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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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1952 Vehicle Profiles

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

This is the last of a series of fourteen Bentley Mark VI chassis to have Pinin Farina coachwork; it was completed in October of 1951 for export to the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. It has lived, literally, all over the world. ....[continue reading]

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B342NZ
Engine Num: B171N

The Bentley Mark VI represented the first post-World War II development by Rolls-Royce and Bentley of a luxury car designed for owner-drivers. The Mark VI was powered by a new F-head engine with overhead intake and side exhaust valves. The X-braced c....[continue reading]

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

This Bentley was completed by Park Ward on March 18, 1952. It arrived in New York on the SS Media on March 29, 1952 and sold to Mary T. Horn by J.S. Inskip on May 12, 1952. This car is one of only six Mark VI Park Ward convertibles built for 1952 wit....[continue reading]

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: B135LNY

This particular example is a Drophead Coupe with coachwork that was built by Park Ward. It is one of only 27 examples produced. When it was built, it was the most expensive production car and the fastest 5-seater in the world. ....[continue reading]

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: B72LNZ
Engine Num: BA649

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 fa....[continue reading]

1952 Bentley Mark VI vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hermann Graber

Chassis Num: B184MD

This chassis was ordered through the Geneva agent, S.A. Garage de L'Athénée, by Monsieur A. Walter Gemuseus of Zurich. It was given coachwork by Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber of Basel. Special features requested included a steering column in the ....[continue reading]

Coupe by Pininfarina
 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: B342NZ 
Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
 
Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B135LNY 
Drophead Coupe by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B72LNZ 
Cabriolet by Hermann Graber
Chassis #: B184MD 


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$255-$10,700
1952 Mark VI
$10,700-$17,350
1952 Bentley Mark VI Base Price : $10,700

$10,735 - $17,350

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Bentley
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)

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