The Bentley Mk. VI was Britain's first postwar luxury car, and reaffirmed that despite the war, Great Britain was still very much the same. The car was built with consummate attention to detail, and to the highest standards using traditionally British techniques. Included among these was the use of a separate frame so that customers seeking individual coachwork could buy chassis only and have them shipped to the coachbuilder of their choice to be fitted with a custom body. Typically, these coachbuilders were British as well, with such famous companies as H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young, Vanden Plas, Freestone and Webb, and Hooper. A very small number of cars, usually destined for foreign markets, were shipped abroad and fitted with bodies by foreign coachbuilders, such as Graber.
This Bentley Mark VI carries chassis number B82FV and wears a Drophead Coupe body by Graber. Graber bodies are well-regarded for their high quality, elegant proportions, and clean fuss-free styling. There are varying accounts as to how many drophead Mk. VIs Graber built, but the figure is believed to be between seven and twelve.
Coachbuilt Bentleys are rare, especially those with non-British bodies. Compared to the contemporary designs, this was an extremely modern, almost avant garde design, with minimal extraneous flourishes, and integral fenders.
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