2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1951 Bentley MK6 4¼ Saloon

$26,000 - $32,000


Engine 4257cc six-cylinder
Gearbox Four speed manual
Engine No. B42L
Chassis No. B84LJ
Body Work Saloon
Colour Grey/Blue
Interior Navy
Trim Leather
Brakes Drum/Drum

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The Mark VI range was the first post-war production car from Bentley, marking a shift away from cars being individually coach built to customer specifications, towards  standardised production line bodywork. The Mark VI was assembled at Crewe with the vast majority receiving a four-door saloon body constructed by Pressed Steel Ltd in Coventry. The smaller, lighter Mark VI was oriented towards the owner driver when launched in May 1946, and won universal praise for its excellent performance and road manners. Powering the Bentley was a 4257cc B60 six cylinder engine with light alloy cylinder head, developing an estimated 130bhp, making a genuine 100mph possible. The chassis of the Mark VI had coil-sprung front suspension and rode on a 120 inch wheelbase, making the new model considerably more compact than pre-war models. During the lifespan of the Mark VI (and its successor, the R-Type, with larger 4566cc engine and bigger boot) sold very well in Australia, making us the largest export market in the world for these cars. Today, the Mark VI is justifiably recognised as being a very underrated classic post-war saloon, with strong performance, excellent build quality and plenty of character available for a very reasonable outlay.


  • Stately 1951 Bentley Mk VI saloon
  • Attractive two-tone Grey/Blue combination
  • Ready for full refurbishment
A landmark model in the pantheon of Bentley models, the Mk VI has loads of on road presence typical of the British marque. This car offers modern day enthusiasts a practical and enjoyable saloon, big enough to take the whole family. Our 1951 example is finished in a very attractive two-tone grey/blue body, with a nicely matching navy-blue leather interior. There’s work to be done tidying up the body and paint, which is chipped and cracked. All the chrome exterior trim, including the neat central spotlight in front of the imposing Bentley grille show slight pitting. Inside, there’s a new squab to the driver’s seat but the rest of the leather is patinaed and worn, and in need of refurbishment, as are the carpets and door cards. The wood finished dash is also cracked in the centre, but otherwise the interior is all there. No doubt this Bentley Mk VI is a restoration project and once complete, would make a lovely weekend cruiser. It comes with an original Bentley service book, other general books and various spare parts. Previously on Victorian club registration, this 1951 Bentley Mk VI is being offered for sale unregistered.

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