1953 Bentley R

Following World War II practical considerations and a rapidly expanding market dictated a change in direction by Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The larger market meant a more uniform product, albeit still built to the historic standards of the firm. Standardized bodies became the norm, not only to control costs but also because the traditional bespoke coachbuilders began to go out of business. One of the smallest coachbuilders, but one of the most distinctive, was Freestone & Webb, builders of this spectacular, sweeping, sexy four-door saloon, chassis B121SP. Finished in Blue over Grey with complementary Grey leather upholstery piped in Blue, it also is one of the first Bentley R-Types to be fitted with the 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission which makes owner-driver operation so much more practical and enjoyable. The 4 1/2 liter (4,566cc) delivers about 150 horsepower which was kept in check by the hydraulic front, mechanical rear brakes with servo assist. It is fitted with whitewall tires, rear wheel skirts that complete the sweeping, flowing fender line of the coachwork and a single center-grille mounted driving light. This very attractive car was chosen to be pictured as an important example of custom coachwork in Paul Woudenberg's "Rolls-Royce and Bentley Buyer's Guide" and is one of only 29 Freestone & Webb bodies on the R-Type chassis. Its attractive design and rarity have earned it a quality restoration in the past. It is exceptionally pretty and distinctive; an unusual example of elegant coachwork on the Bentley chassis and it will reward its owner with comfortable touring and instant distinction at any Rolls-Royce/Bentley gathering.

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