Bentley boy’s toys

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

WVA’s 28 April sale in­cludes a pair of Bentley MkVI spe­cials – one com­plete, one a project. Both were built by Charles Wells, who owned Rom­sey’s Plaza Garage. He re­tired in 1960, aged 47, to con­cen­trate on old cars.

Wells started the no-re­serve, match­ing-num­bers 1949 car in the 1990s but old age pre­vented him from fin­ish­ing it. The heavy work – mov­ing the en­gine back, short­en­ing the prop­shaft and form­ing a new bulk­head – has been done, and it comes with the orig­i­nal buff log­book and var­i­ous spares, in­clud­ing tyres, but the head­lights are miss­ing, SWVA says.

The other spe­cial is based on a 1948 MkVI and was built in the 1980s. Wells built the car to the much-fol­lowed MkVI spe­cial tem­plate, mov­ing the en­gine back the al­most-oblig­a­tory 18in, short­en­ing the prop­shaft and low­er­ing the ra­di­a­tor be­fore build­ing the alu­minium body.

Match­ing-num­bers 1949 car comes with a sheaf of tech­ni­cal draw­ings de­tail­ing the work done to it. MkVI spe­cial started life as a four-door saloon.

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