“In a very short time, however, it was easily seen that the pressed steel Bentley bodies were as elegantly proportioned, as highly finished and as comfortably furnished as anything the traditional coachbuilders of the past had done; with the added virtues of immunity from rot and greater rigidity.” Anthony Bird & Ian Hallows, The Rolls-Royce Motor Car, 1964.
The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork on the MkVI Bentley. 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.
With greatly improved reliability, a Bentley Mk VI made the perfect platform to build into a special recreation – encapsulating the magic of pre-war Bentley Motoring during the golden age.
This particular example showing just over 85,000 miles was a base saloon until it was sold to renowned Bentley collector Charles Teall. A partnership was formed between Teall and David Simpson and as a result two similar, hand beaten, MK VI specials were created in 1973.
Mr Teall used this car extensively throughout the 1970s both for general use and for competition in Bentley Drivers Club and VSCC meetings. The car has gone on to take part in more than 30 events since it was completed. Well Known to the Bentley Drivers club the MKVI has previously passed through the hands of former chairman of the Bentley Drivers Club, who purchased it for his son-in-law as ‘the best car available’.
The vendor has had a no expense spared preparation to this lovely example ready for road rallies such as “The Road to Mandalay” rally in 2015 with bills and invoices to show. Following a detailed report by Taylors, Charles Teall was once again involved with the car only this time for recommissioning work, and Roach Manufacturing were appointed to attend to bodywork issues. The mechanicals were thoroughly rebuilt, including a full engine rebuild, and the car re-engineered to exacting standards. Bills in excess of £74,000 were incurred in the process, and are fully detailed in the history file. The car completed, without issue, the Endurance Rally Association’s “The Road to Mandalay” rally in early 2015, driving 5,000 miles from Singapore to Rangoon (via Mandalay). An example that really represents a rare opportunity to acquire a Mark VI with rally pedigree and prepared to the highest standards. Ready for road and endurance rallies the car is currently sitting on 18” wheels. There are a number of spare parts that are also included in the sale.