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1952 Bentley MK VI Mulliner Lightweight

63k Miles, 1 of 50, Very Nice!

$49,000

Harry's Thoughts

This is the precursor to the $1 million R-Type Bentley Continental fastbacks. Being one of 50 produced, with aluminum coachwork and a sweeping design, these are important cars.

THE ESSENTIALS

This is a fabulous 1952 Bentley Mk VI H. J. Mulliner Lightweight saloon that has low mileage and has been sympathetically restored and is now ready for touring or showing. While not a concours champion motorcar, this Bentley presents very well, a tribute to its rarity and authenticity.  This is one of only 50 lightweights made and it is important due to its aluminum coachwork and its design that emphasized a lighter weight construction throughout.   The lighter weight creates a much more spirited driving experience than any other model Bentley for its time.

Ordered on August 8, 1951, B142NZ was delivered to H.J. Mulliner for fitment of its custom lightweight saloon body (Body#: 5391). Its first owner was Messrs. John Croall & Sons and the car became a company demonstrator at their Edinburgh headquarters. At that time, Croall owned the Mulliner works and sold Rolls Royce motorcars in Scotland. Later in life, B142NZ was exported to the United States around 1988 where it would end up in Kentucky and then onto another owner from Connecticut last year.

The aluminum coachwork is extremely straight and solid. The paint is older but overall in very good condition. There are some paint chips and scratches around common touch points, like the door handles and bonnet cover, but overall the paint shines nicely with lots of depth. The two tone dark blue blue and Tudor Gray are a very elegant and timeless look, with a color matched pinstripe to complete the look.  The hood is misaligned slightly in the front showing a small gap near the radiator shell.  But the overall presence of the exterior is beautiful.

The interior is a mix of some very well persevered original elements with some areas in need of a bit more attention. The leather seats have kept their shape very well and show very minimal signs of cracking or wear. Likewise, the woodwork through the cabin is largely free of cracks. The Wilton wool carpeting however is showing signs of age / wear, and there are a few areas on the bottom of the door panels where the carpeting is peeling.  The trunk has several of the original carpet pieces remaining, thought they are in average condition.  Most of the tools are not with the car, with the exception of a pry bar and a few light bulbs.

Despite the patina of this car, this Mark VI runs and drives beautifully!!  One can really notice the “lightweight” characteristics of this car, as it feels surprisingly sporty and agile. We were also surprised by just how quick this car is, eager to rev and run through the gears. It truly is a pleasure to drive!  Our impressions of this car largely positive. We are confident in saying the next owner will be purchasing a car that needs very little attention and is largely ready to be enjoyed immediately.

Overall, this  Bentley is very solid. Most saloons have significant rust and deferred maintenance issues creating a nearly unmarketable motorcar. It is rare to find nice examples as we offer here.  Though some cosmetic elements could be stronger, it is clear that this Bentley has been appreciated over the course of its life.

For more information and details please call Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com.

1952 Bentley MK VI Mulliner Lightweight

$49,000

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
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LOCATION USA
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1952 Bentley MK VI Mulliner Lightweight
1952 Bentley MK VI Mulliner Lightweight

$49,000

VIN B142NZ
BODY STYLE Sedan
FUEL Gas
MILES 62949
GEARBOX 4-Speed
DOORS 4
INT COLOR Blue Leather
EXT COLOR Tudor Grey & Navy Blue
YEAR 1952
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 443

Bentley Mark VI

Interesting Fact: The Bentley Mark VI was in production from 1946 to 1952 and, in typical Bentley fashion, only 5,208 were produced over those years. This full-size luxury car features an FR layout and was the model chosen to succeed the famous Mark V. Bentley themselves refused to release the horsepower of the Mark VI,…
Interesting Fact: The Bentley Mark VI was in production from 1946 to 1952 and, in typical Bentley fashion, only 5,208 were produced over those years. This full-size luxury car features an FR layout and was the model chosen to succeed the famous Mark V. Bentley themselves refused to release the horsepower of the Mark VI, but the 4.5-liter straight-six engine is sure to provide a strong amount of power to the vehicle. Originally when this car was introduced, there was a shortage of steel across Europe which created a shortage for this vehicle. Despite this fact, the Mark VI was a popular choice and were heavily sought after. Given that just over 5,000 were produced, this is a rare car by Bentley that car enthusiasts and collectors alike try to track down and purchase!

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