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the Month - February 1999
Bentley Mark VI Donington Special 6,3 Litre, 1950, #B63FU
Ray Roberts in his book Bentley Specials and Special Bentleys complained (page
245): "Unfortunately (the owner) has sold the car, and its present owner is
unkown." Well then, the car has spent the recent years in the custody of an owner in
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The Bentley Mark VI had been delivered with a Standard Steel Sports Saloon body
and was first registered in 1950. Not much is known about the car's history until the
70ties. It then became subject of major work at Johnard Vintage car, a company in Dorset
(GB). It had been founded by John Guppy and Dudley Beck who specialised in creating
special Bentleys mainly based on Bentley Mark VI chassis. During the time from 1973 to
1978 quite a few cars were made there, usually with a light roadster body to a design by
John Guppy. It is said that all in all 16 cars were finished. Their were named after the
Donington racecourse as Bentley Donington Specials.
Not only the body
was substituted by a new one but the chassis shortened too and lightened. On four of these
specials the engineers were bold enough to replace the original 4.25 litre six cylinder
engine by a V8 engine with 6,230 ccm capacity. That one, of course was transplanted from
the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and gave breathtaking acceleration.
Presumably the car shown here is the sole surviving as nothing is known about the fate of
the other three.