Bentley Mark VI. Grey & white version from Malaga Museum (Spain). Made in UK in 1948, V6, 126 hp, 4.300 cc.

The Bentley Mark VI is an automobile from Bentley which was produced from 1946 until 1952.

The Mark VI 4-door standard steel sports saloon was the first post-war luxury car from Bentley. Announced in May 1946 and produced from 1946 to 1952 it was also both the first car from Rolls-Royce with all-steel coachwork and the first complete car assembled and finished at their factory. These very expensive cars were a genuine success; long-term, their weakness lay in the inferior steels forced on them by government’s post-war controls.

In 1944 Rolls-Royce executive W. A. Robotham saw that there would be limited postwar demand for a Rolls-Royce or Bentley rolling chassis with a body from a specialist coachbuilder, and negotiated with the Pressed Steel Company a contract for a general-purpose body to carry four people in comfort on their postwar chassis behind a Rolls-Royce or Bentley radiator.

Though he stretched the demand to 2000 per year, Pressed Steel were “nonplussed” by the small demand. Chassis continued to be supplied to independent coachbuilders, which produced four-door saloon, two-door saloon and drophead coupe models. Out of the coachbuilt cars the most sought after now are the 241 cars built by H.J. Mulliner.

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