Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1952 Bentley Mark VI Pinin Farina Coupe

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Apr 5, 2019 | On Show

The Mark VI was introduced by Bentley in 1946 after the conclusion of World War II. It was a time when the entire automotive industry was reorganizing and introducing new vehicles for a car-hungry public. The Mark VI represented a major step into modernity for Bentley, as it was the first car that would be completely assembled at the company’s factory; Bentley would no longer rely solely on outside coachbuilders to complete their cars. Nevertheless, for the discerning buyer who wanted something unique and was willing to pay for it, it was still possible to send the chassis to a coachbuilder for a custom body. This particular car, one of a series of 14, was bodied by Italian coachbuilder Pinin Farina, and it was featured as a display car in the 1952 Geneva show. The car remained with the original buyer until 1969 and then passed through different owners in Switzerland, Japan, England, and finally the United States. The numbers-matching car was then restored to its original condition, as seen here, in 2011 by its current owner.  

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