Transmission : Single dry-plate clutch, 4 speed gearbox
Chassis : Pressed steel parallel girder with channel crossmembers and cruciform bracing.
Dimensions : 120 inches
Performance : Max speed 94 mph (151 km/h)
No. Made : 5,201
The lines of the standard steel coachwork of the Mark
VI looked to some extent like the last bodies,
which had been created by Park Ward immediately before the outbreak of the war.
The four-door body was compact and well balanced.Headlamps were no longer individual units,
but integrated into the front wings. A sunroof (which later became standard) and rear wheel spats
could be ordered as extras.
The car's interior offered seats and door panels covered
with finest leather which was supplied by
Connolly; undisputably the Empire's finest tanners of motor hide.
Trimmed with leather, too, were the woollen carpets of
The wooden facia and the door cappings showed a high-gloss walnut veneer.
The sales brochure called the new creation the "Standard Steel Sports Saloon".
The Marl VI became the most successful
Bentley model that Rolls-Royce ever built-
and more successful too than any product from the time when Bentley had been an independent company.
Until 1952 it was built almost unchanged other than the engine upgrade.
Roughly one-fifth of the 5,200 Bentley Mark VI's built
did not receive a standard body,
but individual coachwork. After all, a considerable number of buyers could still be expected to
prefer a body built and prepared just for them.
Not before 1949 was the first left-hand drive Mark VI
to be purchased. During previous times
export efforts had mainly concentrated on the countries of the British Empire.