1953 Bentley R-Type (1953)




Elegant lines, combined with an interactive driving experience make the Bentley R-Type an ideal post war choice. The R-Type was a sportier alternative then a Rolls-Royce with a higher performance engine fitted with twin SU carburators. This early manual shift example offers a very interactive driving expirience, versus the later automoatic gearboxes.
B351SP is documented with 56 years of records, with the last 47 in depth. It's file states that this Bentley was first registered on April 1stof 1953, done in blue over grey wings (fenders). This can be confirmed by B351SP's build sheets which can be obtained by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club in England. An English registration booklet issued in 1965 is retained in the file, and shows ownership changes over the nearly the next decade. In depth records begin in the states in 1974 when B351SP was sold to Jameson MacFarland of Massachusetts. It is noted that the gearbox was rebuilt one year later (3rdgear replaced), with the addition fender mounted mirrors and the removal of the factory sunroof. Thorough mechanical maintenance continued, noting the re-chroming of the front bumpers, headlamps rings and distinctive wheel covers.
In 1989 a full restoration was undertaken, with pre-restoration photographs showing B351SP painted black. Photographs are included in the file as B351SP underwent bodywork with the front wings removed, before being freshly painted and new chrome, all done in Newport Rhode Island. New carpets, seat padding, sun visors, headliner, and trunk carpets were replaced, done in Massachusettes also at that time. The dark red pin striping was added in 1991, in Rhode Island still under Mr. MacFarland's possession. Only one Massachusetts owner came between Mr. MacFarland's many decades of ownership, and the current family.
B351SP was mostly recently purchased by a long time car collector, and has continued to be enjoyed Shortly into the cars ownership, it was decided to give the B351SP a mechanical going. The manual gearbox was evaluated by a respected Connecticut firm and re-built at a cost of $4,400. Next, in December of 2019 the head was removed, and inspected noting where deterioration was found. The decision was made, at a great cost to source new pistons and rings, with genuine Bentley parts alone, totaling $3,820.00. The head was planed 0.20” and assembled with new valve stems seals. The total job came to $11,042.64 and the B351SP is now ready for worry free motoring. Less than 200 miles has been put on the car since the work has been completed. Often seen at Lime Rock Park, it was driven comfortably nearly 90 miles each way. With the heavy lifting done, there are only minor items left on the “to do list” such as the fuel gauge, and windshield wiper motor. While extenuating circumstances facilitate the sale, this Bentley is nearing its completion, and is priced as such. This is a wonderful way into ownership of an early postwar Bentley!  Price Reduced!
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  • Mileage: 14,249
  • Year: 1953
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Grey


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine configuration: 6 cylinder
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive

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