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This is a truly unique opportunity to purchase an incredibly rare Freestone & Webb bodied Bentley R Type. Out of the 2320 R Types built, 303 were supplied to coachbuilders as rolling chassis and the number of Freestone & Webb bodied R Types is very small. Making this car even more special is the fact that it is a 'big bore' engine car that was supplied new with a high ratio 'Continental specification rear axle. The Bentley also boasts an excellent comprehensive history file and over the past twelve years with its most recent owner has covered in the region of 30,000 miles. The Bentley has toured on the Continent through the South of France on three occasions, attended Goodwood twice, one occasion when the owner met Lord March for lunch, by invite the Bentley visited the Rolls Royce and Bentley factory, the car has participated on track days at Silverstone and Donnington, it has completed the Rolls Royce Heritage Tour all over Britain, including the test hill in the Yorkshire Dales and taken part in the RR Club North Devon trial. RGY 710 has been extensively toured over many years and as a result is a fabulous proposition for a potential buyer.
The Bentley comes with the most outstanding service history that dates back to 1959 when owned by Concentric Manufacturing Co Ltd in Birmingham. Pages and pages of invoices detail work carried out throughout 1959 and the early 1960's when owned by the Birmingham based Company. In 1964 there is an invoice to another owner based in Richmond and it would appear from the file that in 1966 the Bentley sold to a lady based in London SW1 who kept the car until the 1990's. A huge amount of paperwork from the mid 1960's to early 1990's is with the car relating to extensive maintenance and service work. Many 1966 - 1967 invoices are from RR & Bentley Engineers Martens Ltd of Hampstead and Frank Dale Limited, SW1. In 1968 major work was carried out by Rolls Royce Limited, Willesden London to include a replacement 4.5 litre engine, new petrol pumps, new voltage regulator and in 1969 the main dealers carried out a 5000 mile and 10000 mile service. Kenning Car Mart Limited, a major London group of motor engineers carried out much of the maintenance during the 1970's along with Martin Bolitho Ltd in London SW8, later called Classic Automobiles, who carried out works during the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's before the long term lady owner sold the car in the early 1990's. An unbelievable amount of invoices throughout her long term ownership are with the car proving the car was maintained to the very highest of standards. Invoices dated 1987 from Eaton Square Garage for storage services are also with the car and the final invoices of the lady's ownership date at 1991.
The Bentley changed hands for the first time in over 25 years in 1992 and the car stayed in London, being owned by a gentleman in London SW15. Classic Automobiles carried out initial servicing before Phantom Motor Cars took over maintenance. Invoices for thousands of pounds worth of work by Phantom Motor Cars was carried out between 1993 and 2001 for the second long term London owner who sold the car in 2003 having owned the car for eleven years. The Bentley was in Southampton from 2003-2007 before selling to the most recent owner, a Doctor in Devon who for many years has been a collector of various Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars. From the history we know this Bentley R Type has been roadworthy and driven annually for almost all of its life, it is however with the most recent Doctor owner that the car has been extensively toured in the UK and France and whilst the car has never required a major full restoration, it has had regular maintenance, servicing and major work whenever required. This Bentley has been carefully owned and treated with no expense spared throughout the past 62 years and this is evident with the wonderful history file, general very good condition and high level of originality, particularly the honest, largely original interior.
RGY 710 is clearly a very reliable, usable Bentley that has proven to be an ideal long distance touring, large Bentley Saloon. The Bentley drives incredibly well with a strong engine and gearbox and presents smartly with lovely older paintwork. The Freestone & Webb body is structurally excellent with straight panels, the chassis has been scraped clean, waxoyl and protected and is structurally superb. The interior has nicely aged and retains a lovely patina with largely original aged Grey leather, smart but aged carpets and lovely headlining. Door cards appear to be the original ones from new and whilst tatty in places, the interior represents a true time warp. This is a wonderful opportunity and with its provenance and history its an ideal candidate to spend further money cosmetically to take to the highest of standards, for example woodwork could be treated and re-varnished, door cards could be replaced, or it can simply be left as it is and used extensively, reliably and enjoyed thoroughly just as the last owner has for the past nine years. This is a really special car and must be preserved and driven on a regular basis which it has proven to do reliably for many, many years. A truly wonderful, rare find that will be difficult to repeat.