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JOP 466 was delivered new to retailer P.J Evans Ltd on the 1st July 1949. The car was supplied new in Dark Blue with Blue leather upholstery to the Managing Director of Premier Electric Heaters Limited in Birmingham. Interestingly, the first owner of the vehicle, H.F Collins Esq was a key figure in the development of the electric kettle at the beginning of the 20th Century. In 1902, H.F Collins was sent to Germany to learn details of the Prometheus system and on his return a factory was set up in Kingston-Upon-Thames to produce this system in England. In 1907 Premier Electric Heaters Ltd was formed.
From the original brown ‘buff’ logbook we know the Bentley was owned by H.F Collins for 14 years before being sold to its second owner in nearby Tamworth. The Bentley didn’t stay in Tamworth long before being sold by Camden Motors (Nottingham) in 1965. The car the spent the latter part of the 1960’s and early to mid-1970’s in Nottingham before selling to a couple in North Shields in 1976. We have maintenance records for the Bentley from 1978 and a comprehensive service record from 1986. The Bentley stayed in the North East until 2002 and from the many invoices it is apparent that well respected Newcastle Rolls Royce and Bentley specialists Fearon knew the car well, servicing and maintaining the car on many occasions. In 2002 JOP 446 sold to a Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club member in Shropshire who continued to maintain the car very well. The Bentley was used and enjoyed throughout many RREC events and was kept in regular use. It is pleasing to see the Bentley has been kept on the road and in continuous use with 31 MOT certificates with the car. From the MOT’s we can see the Bentley has covered 35,000 miles since 1978 and is a largely original car having never required a major rebuild.
On the road the 4257cc Bentley MKVI feels like a strong, original car that has never been neglected. It was driven to us some considerable distance and has proven reliability. This is a car ready for long distance driving and feels comfortable and relaxed over a long distance. The engine performs effortlessly with very good oil pressure and the gear changes are impressive. The engine oil has no signs of emulsification and is a very clean engine that runs superbly. The MKVI handles superbly and is very nice to drive. As you would expect with a good, honest original car, it comes fully equipped with its tool kit and nicely aged original upholstery. The leather has been treated over the years and is a credit to previous owners who have managed to keep the car free from damage and considerable wear over 65 years. We can confirm that the Bentley has been treated to a brand new headlining that looks superb and the sunroof does work. The exterior of the Bentley presents beautifully with lovely straight panels, a good quality deep paint finish and lovely chrome work. The Dark Blue over Old English White looks superb against good quality chrome work and the dark upholstery. The car has a strong presence and was admired by many on its drive to North Yorkshire.