The R Type
was the first Bentley to be driven by an automatic gearbox and with the first
automatics delivered to the States. The American General Motors Hydra-Matic
proved to be a success, offered as an optional extra. The car was realistically
price at £4824.00.
stylish Bentley R Type finished in two tone blue with a lavish brown hide
interior. First supplied to Major R Orred of Sunninghill, Berks on February
1954. Major Orred, listed a number of options to be supplied with the car,
which are still on the car today.
The car is
one you can take anywhere, be seen any where and will never be out of place in
the most elegant of surroundings. A modest car with an ease to drive, with the
GM Hydra-Matic gearbox, it performs with grace.
has only had three previous owners and comes with a very compressive service
file with many recent invoices from known Bentley repairers. The engine has had
a major overhaul and fitted with harden valve seats, so to run on un-leaded
fuel. The rear axle was re-built and up-graded to house a higher ration giving
a more comfortable high speed cruising speeds. The gearbox has recently been
are in very good shape, with excellent panel gaps and the interior is in first
class condition, including roof lining and carpets. The car has been fitted
with a James Young spare wheel cover housing the full Bentley tool kit.
previous owner of 30 years was quite fastidious and addressed any issue the car
may have had with the local known Rolls Royce/Bentley specialist, that’s why
the car is in such good shape as it is today.
The car is
not concours, although it has been used and cared for over the years to a very
high standard, a car you could effortlessly drive to the South of France
tomorrow and turn up in style and ease.