1951 Bentley MK VI Graber Drophead For Sale in London
- Special coachwork by Graber
- Extremely Rare and beautiful model
- Stunning Longstone Whitewall tyres
- Recently exhibited at the Rolls-Royce enthusiasts annual event at Burghley house.
Upon receiving this exceptionally handsome Mark VI Convertible with special Drophead coachwork by Graber, DD Classics have had the seats re-trimmed in black leather, complemented by new mid-grey Wilton carpets, burr walnut dashboard and a black mohair hood. The Bentley has also been fitted with Longstone Whitewall Tyres for added style and was recently exhibited and very much admired at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club annual event at Burghley house.
A file of documentation accompanies the car, including UK registration papers.
Unlike many other manufacturers, Bentley’s parent company Rolls-Royce survived the catastrophe of World War II in relatively good financial health. In 1946, the all-new Mark VI debuted as the first new post-war Bentley model of Rolls-Royce design. It was Britain’s first post-war luxury car that was built to the highest of standards using traditional British techniques. Remarkably, the first Mark VI was delivered just 16 months after V-E Day. A powerful new six-cylinder engine powered the Mark VI, displacing 4,257 cc and featuring an aluminum-alloy F-head design and custom coachwork remained available at the customers discretion. Typically, British coachbuilders, H.J. Milliner, Park Ward and Hooper built these. However, some vehicles such as the one on sale at DD Classics were shipped abroad and fitted by foreign coach builders. All told, 4,949 Mark VIs were built through 1952.
The most successful foreign coachwork designs came from Switzerland’s famed Carrosserie Graber. Hermann Graber acquired the coach building trade from his father, becoming a prominent builder of horse-drawn carriages before applying his skills to the automotive industry. Grader’s first taste of fame came in St. Moritz, where he won the Concours d’Elegance for his on a Panhard-Levassor 20CV. Graber’s initial achievements in automobile coachwork, undoubtedly resulted in additional commissions from the respected brands Alfa Romeo and Bentley.