1955 Bentley, R-Type Continental

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Year : 1955
Make : Bentley
Model : R Type Continental 
Coachbuilder : Franay
Body Type : Coupe
Colour : Aqua Blue
Trim : Grey Leather

History :  The decision was taken in 1950 to develop a Bentley motor car capable of producing high maximum speeds ideal for Continental touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The higher speeds were to be coupled with correspondingly high rates of acceleration and excellent handling. In order to achieve these lofty ambitions a tremendous amount of research and testing were conducted using quarter scale models in the Hucknall wind tunnel. Extensive testing and alterations allowed Ivan Evernden and John Blatchley of the Motor Car Division to design a body not only of exceptional style, but also of an aerodynamic shape that reduced drag and achieved excellent levels of stability even at speeds in excess of 100mph. By late summer of 1951 the drawings and scale models became reality with the creation of the prototype R Type Continental which in time became known as OLGA. Every weight saving opportunity was taken in the production of OLGA, with the majority of the car being crafted from lightweight aluminium. This included the body, window frames, bumpers and even the seat frames. In September of 1951 testing began in France under the supervision of Walter Sleator who was the managing director of Garage Franco-Britannique, the Rolls-Royce agent in Paris. Sleator was well qualified for such a task being an ex-racing driver. Following extensive testing and refinements production began in early 1952. The R Type Continental was at the time the fastest production four seater car in the world, capable of speeds of well in excess of 100mph. The Continental chassis shared many similarities with the Mk VI and R Type chassis, sharing suspension, steering and brake components. However the combination of the fitment of a high ratio back axle, the lightweight construction and the smaller sleeker body style resulted in performance that was far and beyond superior to any car Bentley had previously produced in the post war era. The chassis were assembled in Crewe with the vast majority of the 208 built then transported to London by train where they were fitted with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner of Chiswick, however a very limited number of cars were bodied by Graber, Park Ward, Pininfarina and in the case of BC21D, Franay of Paris. A number of European customers requested Bentley R Type Continentals with French coachwork. The Parisian agents Franco Britannic set about convincing the powers that be at Crewe to provide them with a limited number of chassis to meet these demands. A total of five bare chassis were supplied, shipped to Le Havre and driven to Paris by chauffeurs, who sat on crates as no seats were present. Franco Britannic contracted Franay to produce the coachwork; however the finished cars were a collaborative effort, with H.J. Mulliner supplying much of the metal framing and aluminium panels and the staff at Henri Chapron assisting with the welding process. Of the five cars produced by Franay, three fastback designs were completed (Chassis No’s BC51C, BC20D and BC66LD) and two fixed head coupes (Chassis No BC9LE listed as a coupe with three piece rear light) and Chassis No BC21D which we are currently offering for sale. The car was completed in February of 1955 and delivered to its first French owner Charles Perroud. It was purchased by another French owner in 1960 an M Follett and found its way to England for the first time in 1964 when acquired by Captain P. Arnison-Newgass. Further owners included Paul Waldman (1970) A.J. Ker-Lindsey (1972) D.W. Dalton (1987) Rod Leach (1990) J.H. Atkins (1991) and Tom Solley who acquired the car in 1995. It has subsequently been restored at great expense in recent years to concours condition. The work included full mechanical preparation, chassis, gearbox, engine and cosmetic works including re-plating the chrome, coachwork restoration and re-paint, interior woodwork and a complete re-trim. Air conditioning has also been tastefully fitted, blended in with the original dashboard layout. The finished article is a car of extremely high quality. It is also complete with handbook and tools which are stored in the boot. This magnificent example is ready for touring or concours, whichever the next fortunate owner prefers.

Condition :  Concours condition

Technical Data :  Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line configuration engine, 4.9 litres displacement, 4887cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.


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Informação Geral
Marca: Bentley
Modelo: R-Type Continental
Preço: Preço sobre pedido
Condition: cond 1 Excepcional
Ano: 1955

Informação de contato
Nome: Frank Dale
País: United Kingdom
Estado ou Região: London
Código postal: TW8 9EW
Idiomas: English
Telefone: +44 (0)7831 413 448
+44 (0)7850 327 652
Web site: www.frankdale.com


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