1953 Bentley R-Type

Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia

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The Bentley R-Type was the second generation of Bentleys after the second world war, and were first built in 1952, ceasing production in 1955.

Other tan the radiator grill and some minor engine boltons the R-Type was pretty much identical to the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn.

Only 760 Silver Dawns were built, compared to the R-Type's 2,500 - which partly explains why the Rolls-Royces remain more desirable (in most peoples eyes).

Nonetheless, the R-type remains an impressive presence which turns heads, and could never be mistaken for anything other than a prestigious British flagship of the day.

Boasting a smooth, torquey in-line 6 cylinder engine of 4.6 litres with 130bhp output, the kerb weight of 1,700 kg demanded all of that!

The R-Type had a claimed top speed of 120 mph - very impressive when you consider other vehicles of the day and the figures above - To put it into perspective, Jaguar had only just achieved that level of performance with the XK120!

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Comments (6)

  • I had a ride in one of these when I was 10.

      2 years ago
    • Cool! Do you remember your impressions of it?

        2 years ago
    • I've just discovered it's not exactly the same Bentley. Pretty similar though.

      And yes, I loved it utterly.

        2 years ago
  • A beautiful car!

      2 years ago