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Since 1931 when Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley, the two marques began to share design and mechanics. The R-Type Bentley was different in that they were still their own distinct model. The R-Type, built from 1952 through 1955, was a revised version of the Mark VI with greater engine displacement and a longer rear end, to address the insufficient luggage space in the Mark VI. The R-Type was the second standard steel model produced Rolls-Royce after World War II. The body work was done mostly by Mulliner and was available as a two-door Continental or a four-door Saloon. It was powered by a 278 cid, inline 6 capable of producing 150 horsepower and attaining speeds in excess of 100 mph. There were 2,320 R-Type Bentleys produced between 1952 and 1955 and they sold for between $10,735 and $17,350.
- Acquired by Rolls-Royce 1931
- Last distinct Bentley
- Produced as a 2-door continental and 4-door saloon
- 2,320 R Type Bentleys produced from 1952-1955
- Price new: $10,735-$17,350