Bent­ley bits bo­nanza

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Restor­ing a Bent­ley MkVI? If so, there’s only one place in the coun­try you’ll want to be on 8 Sep­tem­ber, when about 40 rare Mk VI spare parts are due to go un­der the ham­mer.

The trea­sure trove – which in­cludes full door assem­blies, a front wind­screen, a rear num­ber­plate assem­bly and a ra­di­a­tor sur­round com­plete with the ‘Fly­ing B’ – is be­ing sold at Dorset Vin­tage & Clas­sic Auc­tions (DVCA) au­tumn auc­tion at Athel­hamp­ton House near Dorch­ester. The parts all come from a Bent­ley Mark VI that was bro­ken up in the mid 1960s.

The 8 Sep­tem­ber sale also in­cludes a 4.5-litre Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Wraith engine, an R-Type petrol tank and a full set of R-Type tan leather front and rear seats – all of which are suit­able for Bent­ley Mk VI restora­tion.

DVCA founder Brian Chant – him­self the owner of a 1954 Bent­ley R-Type Sports Sa­loon and a keen mem­ber of the Bent­ley Driv­ers’ Club – says: ‘ The auc­tion of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire a va­ri­ety of Bent­ley Mk VI parts, many of which are now in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to find.’

The sale also in­cludes spare parts for other mar­ques, to­gether with a wide range of ac­ces­sories, tools, as­sorted brochures and other read­ing ma­te­rial. Gillian Car­moodie

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