1952 Bentley Mark VI (1952)




1952 Bentley Mark VI
Location: Collinsville, Connecticut, 06019
VIN #: B456NZ
Transmission: Manual
Condition: Good
Exterior: Moss green
Interior: Tan Connolly hides
Seller’s Description:
Elegant lines, combined with an interactive driving experience make the Bentley Mk VI an ideal post war choice. The Mk VI was a sportier alternative then a Rolls-Royce with a shorter wheelbase, smaller wheels and higher performance engine. On top of this, later Mk VI examples such as this one would offer “big bore” engines, producing even further power. B456NZ was originally purchased by Meyvyn H. Rollason, of the Shelton Iron and Steel Co Ltd, in February of 1952. Finished in Moss green, this example still retains its original Connelly leather interior.
Our records on B456NZ start with a female owner and Solicitor, Mrs. Alison Annan Olding of Newbury England. She purchased this Mk VI in 1978, and documents certify later millage readings of 32,830 miles in June of 1982, 35,406 miles in April of 1984, and 39,060 miles in March of 1985. B456NZ was then sold to Mr. P.M. Herring of Exeter England. Mr. Herring would retain the car for approximately one year, before being sold to a gentleman from the states. On vacation, the couple looked at many examples throughout the U.K. before making their final decision.
Upon purchasing, the new owners drove through Europe before bringing B456NZ back to the states. Then in 1990/91 they began brining B456NZ to Sam Rawlins' Service Inc., in Roswell Georgia. Mr. Rawlins was a well known Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist, and would continue to maintain B456NZ through 1999 keeping detailed records of the work performed. Unfortunately, in 1999 a knock was reported by the owner, and the car was diagnosed with a broken #4 piston inside of the cylinder. Being a solid and tidy Mk VI, yet now requiring costly mechanical repairs, Mr. Rawlins purchased B456NZ for his personal collection.
Mr. Rawlins began the large endeavor of rebuilding the engine. He ground the crank shaft (it had not been ground before), ordered 12 rod bearings, 1 main bearing, and noted that the original liners were pretty worn out. As a result, he had the block bored, and ordered six new S1 pistons, and installed a NOS head from inventory. Sadly Mr. Rawlins passed away in 2003, making this the last engine he would ever rebuild. B456NZ remained in the family, with new little use but had new vintage style radial tires purchased in 2010.
In 2014, a longtime Bentley collector received word that B546NZ could be purchased privately. After negotiation, the gentlemen flew to Georgia, purchased it, and drove the car home 1,200 miles to Massachusetts. B456NZ was purchased in July of 2014 with 43,407 and has been driven approximately 7,000 miles since. Maintained by a highly regarded small European car shop in Massachusetts, regular oil changes are noted, and appropriate use of the bijur system are kept in a log by the owner. The last large service entailed oil and filter, repair tie rod end, replaced the wiper motor, spark plugs, and reported a transmission leak, thus fluid levels are check regularly. Sadly, the retirement of this specialist has encouraged the owner to thin out his collection of antique automobiles.
Done in Moss green, it is shows well with great patina representing decades of enjoyment. The driver's door has been repainted due to dent, but had the correct Moss green color matched. The door seals have been re-done, only the B pillar seals are original which we can report do not leak. Each B pillar has very minor deterioration at the bottom, the driver's side appears to have been touched up when the door was repainted.
Inside, we suspect the door panels may been re-done, but cannot be certain. The original wool headliner is excellent, with only one small hole over the front passenger's head. Original connely hides are still present, yet after 67 years the outer leather of the front seat will require replacement. Front seat cushion has been re-done in matching vinyl. Front carpet on the passenger's side is excellent, however has deteriorated on the passenger side – hence the throw rug present. Dash veneers are very good, gauges are all clear and faces showing well. The glove box locks, and has nice Jack Barclay tag in the door. The horn has been mounted to a push button on the steering column, and only the emergency break, gas gauge and clock do not work; however the oil level still registers over the gas gauge as it should. The complete tool kit, and owner's manual are in the appropriate spaces beneath the passenger sides of the dash. Rear seats are in very nice condition, minus one spot of failed leather. Rear carpets are original, and in excellent condition as is the fabric on both foot rests. The rear window still retains the original (disconnected) shade. Rear carpets are original, and in excellent condition as is the fabric on both foot rests.
In the trunk (removed from the car) is the original radio, and speaker. Also included in the sale, are a set of high speed gears for the rear end. Living in New England, the current owner never felt the need to install them due to the hills. The spare tire and jack area is tremendously solid with factory wheel nut wrench, jack, crank, and air pump. Underneath, the car is very clean, although there are some drips present from the gearbox. Rocker panels are excellent, with the only slight rust on a non-structural piece. The piece appears to function like a splash apron, is in under the driver's right foot beyond the mud flap. The outer side is in better condition, while the inside has slightly more deterioration, but is still nothing requiring immediate attention.
Under the hood, things are incredibly clean for a driver. The spare spool of wire is present in the fuse box, and flash light in its correct location. This car has been fitted with an oil filter, and had an oil change recently.
B456NL runs and drives wonderfully. It lights immediately upon pressing the starter button. No smoke, correct oil pressure, lights (low/high beam) work well, as do tail and reverse lights. Even stuck in traffic, the temperature gauge remained where it should with no threat of overheating due to Mr. Rawlins special fix. Overall B456NZis very nicely preserved example, that attracts a surprising amount of attention wherever it goes.
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  • Mileage: 43,407
  • Year: 1952
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Black

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