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1950 Bentley Mk.VI

1950 Bentley Mk.VI in Wheels: The Joy of Motoring, Documentary

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1950 Bentley Mk.VI

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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stronghold EN

2007-08-06 04:36

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With headlight wipers.! (It may be common now ..but in the early '50's this was futuristic.! :) )

nzcarnerd NZ

2007-08-06 08:06

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Mark 6.

robgeelen2 NL

2008-10-06 22:11

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This is one of the Bentley Mark VI Saloons which was used by Mike Couper (a Bentley dealer) in the Rally de Monte-Carlo in consecutive years, kitted out with all sorts of additional equipment like lamp wipers here shown, and a soup heater.

CougarTim US

2008-10-07 00:18

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robgeelen2 wrote ...and a soup heater.


Now that's what I call luxury.

"Jeeves, do be a good chap and go start up the Bentley. This most dull meeting with the minister is nearly over. I'm feeling a tad peckish, so have some of that wonderful soup Adelaide packed warmed up for me when I get there."

:D

dsl SX

2011-03-25 04:15

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1951 or earlier from rally plates, which displayed the year from 1952. Other cars in this film are definitely the 1951 rally. Extending robgeelen's comment, Mike Couper won the Concours award on the 49, 50 & 51 events, using Bentley Mk6 in 49 and 51, but RR Silver Wraith in 50.

dsl SX

2011-03-25 04:47

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Update - 1951 rally confirmed - Couper's car was #209, registration MMB 396, issued in Cheshire April-June 1950.

robgeelen2 NL

2011-03-26 14:11

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Hence chassis B235GT, engine B117G, delivered June 1950, as demonstration car to W.M.Couper Ltd., body 3295 in Vineyard Green, used in 1951 Monte Carlo rally, subsequently sold to Basil Samuel in July 1951 with the transfer of the balance of the remaining two years works guarantee, later re-registered twice and turned into a special.
Couper also took part in the 1952 Monte Carlo, with B94 MD, the 4.5 litre 'big bore' saloon in shell grey, registered NTU703.

dsl SX

2011-03-26 14:39

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Can't think of any more detail we need to know for this photo. Couper's 1952 entry, NTU703 rally #277, was his 4th consecutive Concours winner, but this time provided by Rolls Royce instead of his own or dealership car, but Couper did all the preparation. In 53 his Bentley was at last beaten, by a Sunbeam Talbot 90; in 1954 he won Concours again, but now in an Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, RAR700, rally #234 which he'd used to finish 82nd on the full rally - as far as I can tell Concours entrants did not have to run the full rally. 1955 he won again in a 1954 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346 (works team car, PVC1, #363 - /vehicle_238398-Armstrong-Siddeley-Sapphire-346-1953.html) which finished 51st in the main rally, and in 1956 won yet again in a works-supported Austin A90 Westminster. No event in 57 and no sign of Couper in 58 & 59, the last year Concours awards were given. So it looks as if he won 7 of the 8 events he entered. A strange long-vanished world.

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bentleyguy US

2011-10-20 01:20

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I used to own this car but had no idea of it's history as one of Mike Couper's rally cars - by the time I found it, it was a rather forlorn looking neglected 'special' which had the appearance of a genuine rat rod. The engine was frozen up, the paint oxidized and the brakes non-functional but my son and I installed another Mark VI motor, fixed the brakes and drove it one summer before selling it to a man in Switzerland, this was in the early 1990s I think. I presently own 1952 Bentley R Type chassis number B68SR, registration number PLG728 which was Mike Couper's last Monte Carlo Bentley, which he drove in the in the 1953 Rally and it is in spectacularly well preserved original condition!

dsl SX

2011-10-20 01:59

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Does the soup heater still work? Any pictures?

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