1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon RHD


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Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1952 Bentley Continental
Price
$24,700
Condition
Very Good
Mileage
148,000
Transmission Type
Manual
Exterior Color
White
Interior Color
Blue
Category  Classic Cars

Description
1952 Bentley MK VI Saloon This Bentley was purchased new in England by a Newport RI couple back in 52. They kept it and drove it quite a bit throughout Europe and New England when they brought her home. The odometer reads 48014 and that is 148,001 miles. There is a notebook that records the history of the car from roughly 1992 (134,000 miles) through to 2004 (145,000). When the the original owners passed away the car went to their niece who lived in NJ. It is believed that she and her .....
family kept the records in the notebook. They moved to Essex CT and in 2004 sold the car to it's current owner. The grand daughter of the original owner found out that the car was still local and when she got married in Newport several years ago, she contacted the current owner and asked if there was anyway he could provide the car. He had one of his associates drive the car out there and the car was nearly as much a part of the wedding as the family as many saw it as her grand-dad being there for the wedding. We know from the notebook that the car was painted it original Old English white in the mid 90's. We aren't sure if the engine was rebuilt in around the 130,000 mark based on some of the notes. The current owner has kept up with regular maintenance and driven it probably 3000 miles in the last 15 years, many of those as a wedding car. The car starts right up and drives like a Bentley should. The central lubrication system is operational and the telltale signs of it are evident on the chassis. It is a big bore 4.6L (or 4 1/2 litre) straight six, mated to a 4 speed, floor mounted shifter. An after market stereo and speakers have been installed but in a manner so as to not disturb the originality of the interior too much. The woodwork is in very good shape, although it does show some patina from it's nearly 70 years of use, as does the back seat, which could be brought back with some softener and dye. The front seats were both reupholstered in a blue vinyl, similar but not matching the original blue leather. The lights all work as do the semifors, however, the wiper only seems to work manually... unless I was operating the incorrect button. The heater has been hooked up to an alternate switch. The paint is almost 30 years old and shows some signs of wear with some small cracks here and there (I'm guessing it is lacquer based on those cracks and when it was painted). The paint still shines brightly as does the chrome but that too shows some patina. The body is solid, not Bondo, no rot and only small bits of rust here and there. With only 5200 made between 46 and 52 and roughly 1000 of those being coach-built special orders, there won't be too many at even the local British car shows. The six cylinder, with 150 HP, dual exhaust and the four speed give it a torquey feel and make this rather large saloon perform in what some might say a slightly sporty manner. Some period road tests showed 0-50MPH times of ten seconds and a top speed up around 100 mph. This car can be driven and enjoyed exactly as she is or would be a very strong basis for a restoration if that's what lifts your boat. She's a beauty and ready for her next wedding. Will you be her beau? The family is asking $24,700 for her. Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to meet her, or make an offer on her dowry, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.


That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

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