Bentley MK V1

Bentley MK V1
Le Mans Special

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Bentley MK V1
4.6L Le Mans Special


1974 Bentley MKVI 4.5 litre Special This is a very rare car. It's just 1 of 16 examples built by Halse Engineering of Lewes, West Sussex in 1974. Only 2 examples remain in the UK, this and a green one. The remaining thirteen examples reside in the USA, and there's one in Bermuda. The car is based on an original Bentley MKVI chassis, 4.5-litre engine and running gear from a 1950 MKVI saloon onto which the Halse engineers skillfully blended and handbuilt the traditional 1928 Bentley Le Mans styling. Along with the 13 others still residing in the US, this car spent the first 11 years of its life in America too. The corrosion-free climate of California to be precise, where the then owner clocked up a mere 12000 miles. The car was then sold to a UK buyer and reimported into the UK. The original registration number FVD400 was returned to the car and sits with it still today. It passed hands a couple more times until it was acquired by a wealthy collector in 2006. He enjoyed a number of days out at the likes of the Goodwood Revival, Brooklands Historic rally, Hatfield House Concours d'Elegance, Silverstone Classic, to name a few. He was unable to provide any paperwork for servicing prior to '06 as this was mislaid in shipping but what he has given us is a copy of the advert from Arun Cars of West Sussex for £69995. There's a small folder of sundry bills and receipts and several MOT's. It's now, of course, Tax and MOT exempt. Most importantly though in 2011 our client spent just short of £23000 with the renowned Rolls Royce/Bentley engineer Michael Hibberd on a complete engine rebuild. The mileage at the time was 15676 so you can see at 16208 miles it's barely been driven since. In that regard, the car starts on the button and runs sweetly. It's an absolute hoot to drive (read challenge!) and draws admiring glances and waves wherever you go. For a car bordering 50 years old, it's in great condition. Sure, there are marks here but that's the beauty of originality and patina. The value in this car is largely in the chassis and original engine although there are many rare and sought after adornments such as the Bentley and Smiths clocks, Lucas P100 headlights, Bentley radiator, Bentley Driver's Club and Brooklands badges, not to mention the Fortnum & Mason picnic basket!! The car is competitively priced in the current market and being listed for sale for 2 weeks only. It will then be sent to auction so there's just a short window of opportunity to strike a deal. Happy to take any px or interesting item, up or down. Usual dealer facilities although on a car of this age I'm not able to offer a warranty. I'm just 2 mins from J3 of the M3, Bagshot, Surrey if you'd like to come and have a look.

Key Info

  • Odometer 16,250 Miles
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Transmission Manual
  • fuel economy
  • Road Tax £145.75 / £265
  • Year 1986
  • Body Convertible
  • Engine Size 4.6L
  • Colour
  • Doors 2

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Tax (6/12mo) £145.75 / £265
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  • Seats 2
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