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1949 Bentley Mk.VI Special [B232FV]

1949 Bentley Mk.VI Special [B232FV] in The Angels' Share, Movie, 2012 IMDB

Class: Cars, Custom — Model origin: UK

1949 Bentley Mk.VI Special [B232FV]

Position 01:16:10 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


dsl SX

2014-10-10 16:33


[Image: 01-16-10specialb.jpg] [Image: 01-16-10specialc.jpg]

And from Behind-The-Scenes DVD extra
[Image: 01-16-10specialdbts.jpg] [Image: 01-16-10specialebts.jpg]

Some interesting plate check info:

✔ Taxed Expires: 01 July 2015
✗ No MOT Expired: 15 April 2013
Vehicle make :BENTLEY
Date of first registration :29 November 1949
Year of manufacture :1949
Cylinder capacity (cc) :4257cc
CO₂Emissions : Not available
Fuel type :PETROL
Export marker : No
Vehicle status : Tax not due
Vehicle colour :SILVER
Vehicle type approval : Not available

johnfromStaffs EN

2014-10-10 17:58


Mark VI Special. Chassis No. B232FV.

Out of respect for the privacy of the owner I can offer no more information than the fact that it lives north of the border.

Although there is much less car visible than one would find in a normal MkVI, there is a lot more involved in the production of one of these specials than just chucking away the old saloon body and sticking a sporty two seater on. Aside from completely refurbishing the mechanical parts and refinishing the chassis and bits attached, the length (sometimes) and proportion of the chassis are changed, the major difficulty being that the cruciform bracing into which the gearbox sits has to be cut out and rewelded into the chassis about 12" further back. This is to allow the radiator to be resited at a position along the chassis in line with the front wheel centres. If this is not done the car will look front heavy and a bit odd. This is not something you can do with a junior hacksaw and a boy's own welding kit from Halfords, as everything has to be measured correctly and put back in the right place, ensuring that the chassis rails remain level and vertical. All the linkages to the engine, clutch and gearbox need to be repositioned on the chassis, the steering column lowered, the foot pedals repositioned, and attention paid to the strength of the road springs since you will have reduced the weight of the car by about 15cwt (750kg). You may also want to replace the rear axle with one that will give a higher ratio to take advantage of the weight loss, fit smaller diameter road wheels, and maybe either tune the engine for more power, or fit a bigger one provided it is still of R-R or B origin. Not an insignificant undertaking, and these cars can change hands for large sums of money.

-- Last edit: 2019-07-13 15:50:55

dsl SX

2014-10-10 19:07


johnfromStaffs wrote Out of respect for ......

Written with gritted teeth ???

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-10-10 20:36


No, written with genuine respect for the privacy of a fellow member of the Bentley Drivers Club. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that my old campaigner may appear in this database and I certainly would not want my details published.

-- Last edit: 2014-10-10 20:46:52

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