Bentley boy’s toys
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.