running boards add conservative note to the design. - You might have seen
a photo of this car in a book with a caption describing it erroneously as
a product by Arthur Mulliner.
When in May 1946 the first reports about the new Bentley Mark VI
appeared in the press, Rolls-Royce announced a radical change in their
motor car production compared to the pre-war time. The Bentley Mark VI was
offered with a Standard Steel Sports Saloon body and thus left the factory
as a complete car. The attractive lines of this design lent themselves to
two-tone paintwork which many think enhances the elegant motor car.
The conventional layout with a separate frame however did permit still
to deliver the Bentley Mark VI in chassis form to specialist
coachbuilders. The price for the standard bodyshell was clearly less
expensive than that for a high quality product from an established
coachbuilder. Despite this an astonishing high figure of almost 20 % of
customers decided to have their Bentley Mark VI clothed individually. As
regards their production figure Freestone & Webb were highly
successful; that doyen of Bentley research, the late Stanley Sedgwick,
listed on Bentley Mark VI 4 1/4 litre chassis 84 bodies and on 4 1/2 litre
chassis 19 bodies by Freestone & Webb.
Fixed Head Coupè was a one-off by Freestone & Webb - their exhibit at
the 1947 Earls Court Motor Show and then owned by singer Gracy Fields
(having been built built to a very detailed order).