1949 Bentley MkVI Special 6¾-Litre Drophead Coupé

£140,000

• A stunning and striking MkVI Bentley Special in first class order
• Fitted is a Bentley T2 6¾-litre V8 with automatic gearbox
• Electric windows and easy fold hood

Rolls-Royce’s first post-WW2 product, the MkVI was introduced in 1946, a year ahead of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. Although mechanically similar to the MkVI, the latter was exclusively a coachbuilt car, the first ‘standard steel’ Rolls-Royce, the Silver Dawn, not appearing until 1949. Notable features were independent front suspension and hydraulic front brakes.

This particular example is the work of a previous enthusiast owner, who had been building MkVI specials for over 30 years. The car was purchased as a rolling chassis and has been fitted with a Bentley T2 6¾-litre V8 engine and matching automatic gearbox. It retains the standard wheelbase and its original Bentley front bulkhead and cruciform bracing. The body’s design was inspired by the work of the French coachbuilder Figoni & Falaschi, whose dropheads on Delahaye chassis in the late 1940s are considered by many to be the most classically beautiful examples of this type of coachwork, with the 1947 and 1948 models most admired.

A high quality glassfibre construction, the body is mounted on a bespoke galvanised sub-frame that bolts directly to the original body mounts on the chassis. Softer road springs have been fitted that better suit the lighter coachwork. Other noteworthy features include a 20-gallon fuel tank, leather upholstery, Wilton carpeting, electric windows and side impact bars in the doors.

Finished in burgundy/silver, with red interior trim, this unique and most stylish Bentley Special is offered with an old-style logbook and a history file.

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