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Bentley Mark VI (1946 - 1952)


The Bentley Mark VI marked a radical change for Rolls-Royce. It was the first car to be offered by the company with factory built coachwork. The Standard Steel Saloon body was produced at Pressed Steel's factory. Powered by a six cylinder in-line F-head engine (inlet over exhaust) with a capacity of originally 4,257 cc the car performed really impressive. From those coachbuilders who had remained in business but few were able to significantly enhance the balanced lines of the standard coachwork. About 20 % of the Bentley Mark VIs' were fitted with coachbuilt bodies. From 1949 left hand drive MkVIs were available; from 1951 onward an engine with increased capacity of 4.566 cc did improve performance.

No. made:

Bentley Mark VI 4 1/4 litre (832 with coachbuilt bodies)
Bentley Mark VI 4 1/2 litre (180 with coachbuilt bodies)
Bentley Mark VI altogether
Wheelbase 3048 mm 120 in  
Track front 1486 mm 58.5 in  
rear 1486 mm 58.5 in  
Length 4877 mm 192 in  
Width 1753 mm 69 in  
Height 1638 mm 64.5 in  
Kerb weight 1816 kg 4004 lb  
Type S-6
12 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore stroke 88.89mm 114.30mm
3.5 in 4.5 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.78
Displacement 4256 cc
(259.717 cu in)
Unitary capacity 709.33 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 6.40:1
Fuel system 2 SU carbs
Aspiration Normal
Coolant Water
0-50mph (80 km/h) 11.00s
0-Quarter-mile 20.40s 
Top speed 151 km/h
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Suspension Front I.CS.
Rear LA.SE.
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Transmission 4M
Drive RWD
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 3.73