Next month during Silverstone Auctions’ final sale of the year at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show an incredibly rare piece of British automotive history is going under the hammer. It’s a 1954 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback, and it is expected to sell for big money.
The reason this 1954 Bentley R Type has caused such a stir and got itself an official estimate of between £800,000 and £900,000 is because there is only three examples of it produced in tis spec with right-hand drive and automatic transmission. It was also one of the cleverest cars of its era, boasting high-end features specified by its original owner.
1954 Bentley R belong to the era where Rolls-Royce used to make the chassis for Bentley cars while their bodywork were provided by Mulliner. This car’s original buyer, Mr. Alan G Clark asked the guys putting that lot together at Crewe to fit his car with a number of advance equipment, including electric window lifts, flat petrol tank, Smiths ventilation and heating system and two RD 8187 Foglamps in place of the standard centre lamp. Little did he know that some day these feature would make his car absolutely unique and in command of a huge price tag.
Clark’s Bentley R Type Continental Fastback has a full history and a restoration including a serviced 4.9 liter engine, a full respray in Shell Grey, and interior treatment with mid-blue hide and dark blue Wilton carpets.