In 1952, Bentley boosted the size of its engine to 4566cc in the so-called “big bore, small boot” models. The company also rectified the “small boot” criticism with “R” Type chassis, whose wheelbase remained 10 feet but whose overall length was extended eight inches at the rear, to create a useful luggage space.
GM’s four-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission became available on the R-Type in 1953, and was soon standardised. The model’s new welded box chassis was strengthened by cruciform bracing, central lubrication was standard, and the ride stiffness could be adjusted via a column lever. Standard accessories included a radio, a heater, a fitted tool kit, leather upholstery, and a sunroof. In all 2,320 R-Types would be built during the car’s four years of production.
- Inline six-cylinder engine; manual transmission
- Right-hand-drive example with older repaint
- Rides on whitewall tires
- 2 tone Light Grey exterior with a matching interior