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This beautifully presented Bentley MKVI was delivered on the 1st October 1947 to Rolls Royce Lillie Hall, Fulham and exported new to Australia, sold by retailer Kellow Falkiner Ltd, Russell Street, Melbourne. The Bentley was supplied new in Dual Grey to a Mr Mackinnon, a wealthy grazier from the Western District near Melbourne. On 27th January 1956 the Bentley was sold to a Doctor in Melbourne, a well-known and controversial psychologist at the time, who used to ship the car to Europe each year for his skiing holiday.
During the 1970's the Bentley was in the hands of the Doctors son in law, who eventually sold the Bentley to a University Professor from Melbourne in 1980. In 1987 the Bentley sold to its most recent owner who kept the car almost thirty years and carried out a comprehensive restoration to a very high standard. The Bentley comes with a file of receipts and photographs detailing the work. The body was stripped down and treated to a full repaint, invoices in the file detail a full interior re-trim in leather and substantial re-chroming work. Documentation also relates to stripping, dismantling and rebuilding brakes, fitting a new rear axle, rebuilding shock absorbers, rebuilding king pins, new steering arm pins, new fuel pump, rebuilding the servo and various other mechanical work. During the 1990's the engine was also rebuilt, the cooling system re-conditioned and a new clutch fitted. The gearbox was checked and found to be in very good order.
Whilst we have thousands of AUS dollars worth of invoices for recent history/restoration, we are also pleased to report this car does come with the most exceptional service and maintenance records detailing all works carried out during the 1950' and 1960's. Impressive hand written notes accompany the car and prove this MKVI Bentley was impeccably maintained whilst driven on a regular basis. Now in the UK, and fully registered and MOT tested, we can confirm the bodywork is structurally exceptional, something rarely associated with this model. The paintwork and chrome are of a lovely standard and the Grey leather interior with a new headlining is stunning . The sunroof functions as it should and the wood trim has been nicely restored, the comprehensive dashboard retaining its original eight-day clock. The Bentley is a delight to drive with a strong, quiet engine, very smooth manual gearbox with excellent syncro's on second, third and fourth and the handling is first class.