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1949 Bentley VI Rare Sports Alloy Body For Sale

£29,500 As stated

Price £29,500As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bentley
Model R Type
Year 1949
Mileage 15,985 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Essex
Status Private
  07-Apr-2021
Ref C1150885
1949 Bentley VI Rare Sports Saloon by Hooper Alloy Body
After the Second World War, Rolls Royce embraced the new spirit of Austerity and offered, for the first time, a car complete with bodywork.
Their new Bentley Mark VI, with its 4¼-litre F-head engine was offered in 1946 with a Standard Steel body. Some customers still preferred a more traditional Coachbuilt style and these were available, with a more bespoke service, from HJ Mulliner, and Hooper among others. Hooper lowered the roof-line and windscreen on their saloon offering, marketing it as a Sports Saloon for the more sporting clientele. The body was made in aluminium and it is now a rare car indeed as just 25 were commissioned.
This Hooper-bodied Mark VI, as may be expected from the age of "Export or Die", and rationing based on need, was ordered by a Captain of Industry, Mr George of the Whitworth Dried Fruit company. The car was kept by Mr George for many years, even when newer replacements were purchased.
The second owner had it for just a short time and it then passed into the vendor's hands over 30 years ago, taking over duties from his previous Standard Steel MkVI. This car’s interior was briefly visible in the BBC’s 1987 adaptation of John Le Carre’s “The Perfect Spy” with Ray McAnally and Peter Egan. The car has been cherished and used for many events including the RREC Welsh Weekend and the RREC Annual National Rally, at Burghley House, Lincolnshire. The cross-country trips to both events made effortless by the smooth big six-cylinder engine, well-spaced gear ratios and magic carpet suspension.

I believe this is a very rare car indeed in fact I haven’t been able to find pictures of another one. It has a factory aluminium body and is painted in Ebony black with its original brown leather interior.
Very sporty looking car in person.
Viewing highly recommended
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