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1953 Owned New By Oscar Winning British Actor Ronald Coleman! SOLD

The 1953 R Type Bentley – sister to the Rolls Royce Silver Dawn.

The R Type is the second series of post war Bentley automobiles, replacing the mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well as coach built versions by firms including H.J. Mulliner & Co, Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone & Webb and others.

Other than the radiator grilles and the carburation there was little difference between the standard Bentley R Type and the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. The R Type was the more popular marque, with some 2,500 units manufactured during its run to the Silver Dawn's 760.


 Chassis #: B2255P
 Engine #: B181P
 4566cc straight six engine
 Compression ratio 6.4 to 1 Twin SU carburettors
 O/H Inlet and side valve exhaust
 Manual 4 speed with R/H gear shift
 Independent front suspension
 Semi Elliptocal springs & hydraulic shockers at rear with adjustable Ride control
 This car was ordered and delivered new to the famous English actor Ronald Coleman (Oscar winner 1947) for his attendance at the coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. It was then shipped to Hollywood where it was first registered in Ronald Coleman's name. He kept it on his ranch in San Ysidro, California until he died when it was subsequently sold. It had since two more owners in the US and two owners in New Zealand for the last 23 years.
 This car was partly restored, the rear hides are original but the the front hides were renewed and the car was also resprayed.
 It had a reconditioned engine fitted in the USA before the car came to New Zealand in 1992. Further mechanical work to the suspension and the steering system was carried out.
 The car was graced with another film star, Dinah Sheridan, who starred in the movie "Genevieve" where she rode in the car for part of the Auckland to Christchurch Rally 1n 1997.
 For some time this car was exhibited in the Queenstown Motor Museum but was used regularly in recent years.
 Car is in Mint Condition throughout and drives excellently.
 A gem of a motor car and probably one of the finest examples of a Bentley R type currently available.
 Servicing & Maintenance records available. Serviced in New Zealand by Bentley & Rolls Royce specialists - Bruce McIlroy.



Price As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bentley
Model R Type
Year 1953
Country New Zealand
Region International
Telephone +64 3 3106485
Status Trade
Date 30-Jul-2019
Ref C878960

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