For Sale: 1954 Bentley R Type in Santa Barbara, California

Vehicle Description

This R-Type sport saloon is one of 2323, which were produced between 1952 and 1955. It is a very rare left hand drive, one of only fifty produced. The car is equipped with a factory automatic transmission and sunroof. It comes with factory build sheets, owner's manual, tool kit, and extensive restoration and mechanical history with invoices as detailed below.

Power is derived from an iron-block/aluminum-head straight-six motor with twin SU Type H6 carburetors mated to an automatic four-speed transmission. The motor displaces 4,566 ccs with a 92mm bore and 114.3mm stroke.

Finished in sand over sable with maroon leather, fawn headliner, Wilton carpets and refinished wood trim, the car looks extremely elegant. The condition of the interior is exceptional.

We sold this car in 2009 to a museum in the Middle East, where it was on display, and it has only been driven 50 miles since. We recently purchased it back and found that B102LYD has excellent mechanics, no leaky seals, and drives beautifully

It is one of the most documented cars we've ever owned. There are over $40,000 in receipts for restoration and service including a complete engine rebuild, refinished wood, upholstery, carpets, and headliner. This work was done by Proper Motorcars Inc, St. Petersburg, FL, overseen by the Rolls-Royce expert Dale Powers. The restoration was completed August 2002; the milage was 91,925, approximately 8000 miles ago.

We have documented owners, starting with the initial purchase by the Rudel Machinery Co. for John Rudel of Montreal, Canada, delivered on 9/10/54. Others we know of are: 9/24/79, Michael Leventhal of Chicago; 12/82, Myrel and Ginger Gordon of Chicago; 1986, Mike Ziegler of Allentown, PA; 2001, Donald Bergsma of Clearwater, FL: 2009, Charles Crail: and June 2009, a museum in the Middle East until purchased again this year by Crail.

Vehicle Details

  • 1954 Bentley R Type
  • Listing ID: CC-1695499
  • Price: Contact Seller
  • Location:Santa Barbara, California
  • Year:1954
  • Make:Bentley
  • Model:R Type
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:1231
  • VIN:B102LYD
Listed By:
Charles S Crail Automobiles
By Appointment Only
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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