1953 Bentley R Type James Young
A manual transmission model, this coachbuilt R-Type comes with copy chassis cards revealing that it was ordered via G H Poole & Sons Ltd of Jersey, Channel Islands and first owned by Mrs Tottie Cooper of La Haute, Jersey. It has remained on Jersey ever since. There is a tax disc on file dated 1966 and a buff logbook showing that the car was only taxed in 1954 and 1965. The odometer reading is 18752 miles, and the Bentley has clearly seen very little use. The interior trim and woodwork are in very good order with very little patina,
The Bentley has been resprayed in prevous years and presents in good sound condition. The fuel system has been overhauled, along with the brake system, coolant system including a radiator recore.This is a car that has been maintained to a high standard with very low mileage and low ownership. A rare original piece of history.
R Type History:
Rolls-Royce commenced production post-war with the Silver Wraith and Bentley MkVI models. The traditional separate chassis was retained for the two newcomers, but for the first time there was standard coachwork. This new 'standard steel' body - produced by the Pressed Steel Company, of Oxford - was available at first only on the Bentley, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. The range featured a new design of independent front suspension, hydraulic front brakes and a new 4,257cc, six-cylinder, 'F-head' (inlet-over-exhaust) power unit destined for enlargement to 4,566cc in 1951. A much-needed improvement to the standard bodywork arrived in mid-1952 in the shape of an enlarged boot together with associated changes to the rear wings and suspension, subsequent models being known as the R-Type Bentley and E-Series Silver Dawn. The two newcomers were the first Rolls-Royce products available with automatic transmission, the company having opted for General Motors' Hydra-Matic, a state-of-the-art four-speed unit permitting manual selection. The standard R-Type was a lively performer, achieving 106mph in silence and reaching 50mph from standstill in 10 seconds despite a kerb weight approaching two tons.
Although the Bentley R-Type's 'standard steel' saloon body accounted for the bulk of production, customers could still opt for a coachbuilt alternative such as the James Young-bodied example offered here. The Kent-based firm of James Young had established itself among the foremost coachbuilders for up-market chassis by the end of the 1930s but did not resume exhibiting at the London Motor Shows until 1948, its factory having been devastated by wartime bombing.