hen the Bentley Motor company ran into financial difficulties during the late 1920’s they were purchased by Rolls-Royce who created a new company, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. Under the stewardship of Rolls-Royce, the new company launched the 3.5 litre Bentley model to instant success and universal praise. 1936 saw the introduction of the 4.25-litre model which replaced the 3.5-litre version. Both the chassis and power units for these models were popular bases for special models, giving potential buyers a great deal of choice in the look of their new car.
This 1951 Bentley Special was one of 31 built by Geoffrey Shrive on a Mk. VI R-Type and uses a 4.25 litre Bentley engine. It is listed on page 281 of the book ‘The Crewe Cars’. In 2014 the vendor commissioned a restoration of this Shrive special for a road trip from the U.K to Lake Como. The vendor describes this Bentley as having the combination of effortless power and style. This four-door tourer was built in the style of an early W.O Bentley and presents well in green. Presented to auction with a V5C registration document, this MoT test exempt Bentley special is a magnificent vehicle to drive.
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