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Bentley R and Bentley
(1952 - 1955)
Bentley R, 1954,
#B77WG, Standard Steel Sports Saloon and Bentley R, 1953, B271SP, Abbott Two-Door Sports
Saloon. Customers could get what they wanted: beside the elegant standard body from the
factory several coachbuilders offered to choose from a variety of other designs..
Production of the
Bentley R Type commenced in 1952. The factory saloon coachwork was indistinguishable from
that of the Bentley Mark VI up to the rear doors, the back
however covered under a one-piece boot lid a more spacious luggage compartment. By special
order the R-Type was delivered as rolling-chassis to become subject of custom coachwork.
Built and designed for Continental use was the Bentley R Continental with a tuned 4,566 cc
engine (later increased to 4,887 cc) with low-loss exhaust system and higher geared
gearbox and rear axle ratios. The majority of R Type Continentals were clothed with light
aerodynamically styled two door fastback saloons by H.J. Mulliner; only very few received
bespoke coachwork from Graber in Switzerland, Franay in
France and one body was created by Pininfarina in Italy.
Bentley R Continental. Wind tunnel tests had shown that the stability of H.J.
Mulliner's Fastback Saloon was improved by shaping the rear wings like fins.
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 92.08 x 114.3 mm,
capacity 4,566 cc (Continental only: from 1954 bore x stroke 94,62 x 114,3 mm (3 3/4 x 1/2
in), capacity 4,887 cc); aluminium alloy cylinder head, twin SU carburettors; single dry
plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox, 4-speed automatic gearbox optional; hypoid bevel final
drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; drum
brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,048 mm (120 in); tyre size 6.50 x 16
Bentley R, 1953, #B60RT, Park Ward Drophead Coupé. With its extended rear frame the
R-Type chassis was well suited for this coachwork with its rather long rear overhang.
||Bentley R (303
were fitted with coachbuilt bodies)
||Bentley R Continental