Factory Left-hand Drive 1952 Bentley Mark VI 412- Litre Drophead
Coupe: Coachwork by H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward LtdDespite the
popularity of the factory's standard steel body, premiered on the
MkVI Bentley, a coachbuilt alternative remained the preferred
choice of many customers. Indeed, anyone desiring a soft-top
Rolls-Royce or Bentley had no alternative but to commission one
from an independent coachbuilder, there being no factory-built
alternative at this time.With the passage of time many Mark VIs
have lost their original bodywork, in many cases because it had
deteriorated beyond economical repair. Not so this left-hand drive
example, chassis number 'B499LNY', which retains its original
drophead coup? coachwork by Park Ward Ltd. Delivered to the
shippers on 1st October 1952, 'B499LNY' was supplied new via the
United States importer J S Inskip to first owner J S Fitch, Esq of
Washington, Pennsylvania, USA. Accompanying copy chassis cards show
that the Bentley was ordered with various options including
flashing indicators; bonnet locks; power operated hood; medium wave
radio; sealed beam headlamps; 'Made in England' plate; and
whitewall tyres.Unfortunately, nothing else is known of its early
history, chronologically the next evidence on file being a State of
Florida Certificate of Title in the name of Mary M Coffin of Palm
Beach issued on 28th January 2003. The current vendor purchased the
Bentley in March 2008 from Fashion Management Europe (purchase
invoice on file). A wonderful opportunity to own a handsome and
rare coachbuilt Mark VI soft-top, the ultimate in 'fresh air'
motoring in its day.Although the current odometer reading states
57,067 miles, this Bentley would benefit from a complete respray
and some cosmetic work in the interior. An overhaul of its
mechanical components is also required. In addition the soft top
has to be restored. However, the chassis looks solid, and the car
retains its matching engine numbers.CHASSIS NO. B499LNYENGINE NO.
B499N Rare coachbuilt soft-top Mark VI Original left-hand drive
model Delivered new to the USA Present ownership since 2008
Matching numbers chassis and enginePrice: $135,000
1952 Bentley Mark VI
Location:Astoria, New York
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