1955 Bentley R Type


1955 Bentley R Type

The R Type is the second series of post-war Bentley automobiles, replacing the Mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955. As with its predecessor, a standard body was available as well as coach built versions by firms including H. J. Mulliner & Co., Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb and others.

Other than the radiator grilles and the carburation there was little difference between the standard Bentley R Type and the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. The R Type was the more popular marque, with some 2,500 units manufactured during its run to the Silver Dawn’s 760.

All R Type models use an iron-block/aluminium-head straight-6 engine fed by twin SU Type H6 carburetors. The basic engine displaced 4.6 L (4566 cc/278 in³) with a 92.08 mm (3.6 in) bore and 114.3 mm (4.5 in) stroke. A 4-speed manual transmission was standard with a 4-speed automatic option becoming standard on later cars.


Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1955
Make: Bentley
Model: R Type
Style: Sedan
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: 278.6 cubic inch
Engine Size: Straight 6
Engine HP: 180
Trans: 4 speed manual


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