1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback with Ties to "James Bond"
Creator Ian Fleming: One of 41 Left-Hand Drive Examples
ProducedThis 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental l Fastback LHD by H.J.
Mulliner is an undisputed icon of British motoring and one of the
all-time great Bentley models. Built in extremely limited numbers,
these high-performance grand touring cars attracted an elite
clientele that included royalty, celebrities, and captains of
industry. This car, BC10LB, is certainly no exception, as Ian
Fleming, creator of the James Bond series, ordered this Bentley for
his friend and collaborator Ivar Bryce. Bryce, a fascinating figure
in his own right, worked for the British Security Coordination
during World War II and was the inspiration for Flemings character
Felix Leiter. Originally finished in Deep Grey and specified as a
left-hand drive, manual gearbox car with fender spats and
lightweight seats, Bryces R-Type Continental was equipped with
bespoke features such as fitted luggage and a racehorse mascot.
Mechanically sound, the car currently runs and drives well. A
black-plate California car with exceptional provenance. Retaining
its original interior and matching numbers engine. One of only 41
left-hand drive examples produced and a 1971 Pebble Beach Class
Winner. This significant Bentley discovery represents an extremely
exciting once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be missed.
Coachwork by H.J. MullinerChassis: BC10LBEngine: BCB10 Exceptional
Provenance with Ties to James Bond Creator Ian FlemingIn late 1952
or early 1953, Fleming ordered a new Bentley R-Type Continental on
behalf of his dear friends Ivar and Josephine, handling the
purchase personally. California Black-Plate Car Retaining Original
Interior and Matching-Numbers EngineOne of 41 Left-Hand Drive
Examples Produced 1971 Pebble Beach Class WinnerA Significant
Bentley DiscoveryDesirably Equipped with Left-Hand Drive, Manual
Gearbox, and Lightweight SeatsMechanically sound and driving
wellPrice: $1,250,000 Firm
1953 Bentley R Type
Location:Astoria, New York
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