R-TYPE 1952-55

Classics Monthly - - Marque Guide -

In 1952 the Bent­ley MkVI was re­vised – what we’d call a facelift to­day. The new model ac­quired a larger boot and other de­tail dif­fer­ences, be­com­ing known as the R-Type. Although it was still me­chan­i­cally iden­ti­cal to the Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Dawn, the R-Type was also of­fered in el­e­gant coupé form as the Con­ti­nen­tal (above), with body­work cre­ated by Park Ward. In­ter­est­ingly, the Bent­ley was still the most pop­u­lar brand when com­pared to Roll­sRoyce, with the R-Type out­selling the Sil­ver Dawn by al­most three to one, although at the time many cus­tomers con­sid­ered the re­vised R-Type some­thing of a stop­gap.

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