1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE CONTINENTAL FRANAY FASTBACK
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Franay Fastback
ID# BC51LC Engine# BCC50
The car is the only LHD R-Type Continental Franay Fastback in existence!
1 of only 5 bodies that Franay built for the Continental R-Type chassis.
Production of the Bentley R-Type started in 1952 and continued through 1955; a great departure from Bentley’s traditional chauffeur-driven sedan, the Continental was designed to be driven by the owner-enthusiast. Only 208 cars were built during the three-year period and just 43 had left-hand drive. Profiles of the Continental and the Bentley Mark VI standard sedan are indistinguishable up to the rear edge of the front doors; beyond that point the “fastback” design incorporates a rear window and a sweeping trunk lid that results in a more spacious luggage compartment. The R-Type was delivered as a rolling chassis for the creation of custom coachwork.
This R-Type Continental has a 4,566 cc engine (4.5-liter), a four-speed manual transmission with floor-mounted shifter, and a rear axle geared for high-speed touring; the R-Type can maintain 120-mph for hours without breaking a sweat. Most Continentals were fastbacks built by H. J. Mulliner & Co. in London; Park Ward in London built six, Graber in Switzerland built three, Franay in Paris bodied five cars, and Pinin Farina in Italy created only one. This extremely rare and beautiful example was delivered new to Vandendreissche & Fils May 20th, 1954 in France. Former owners include:
D.J. Smith, USA- January 1965
Gene Littler, USA – July 1977
Richard Gorman, USA, 1990
Bill Jacobs, Jr., Joliet, IL. USA, 1990
Blackhawk Collection, Danville, CA. USA, 1990 – current