|1948 Bentley Mk VI|
Body no. 1606
|Owner: KC Saayman|
Bentley Mark VI was the first complete
car to be
manufactured by Rolls-Royce
Ltd. Previously only chassis were built and
constructed by outside coachbuilders.
This is a 1948 Bentley Mk VI
Standard Steel Saloon,
Only 3168 of this particular
model were built.
28 of the 4 1/4
litre Mk VI's were
South Africa, no 4 1/2 litre's
and one R-Type
(The later incarnation of this car)
|The CF cars were
numbered B2CF to B500CF, so only 250 were built. (On
these cars Rolls-Royce used only even numbers on sequences starting
with 2, and
odd numbers on sequences starting with 1. However, they skipped
13) The first CF chassis was built in November
and the last in April 1948.
car was originally Mistletoe green with tan hide, and
Stanley Motors of Eloff Street, Johannesburg for Sir Michael
Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer Bt. from 54 Houghton
was delivered to Southampton on 9 February 1948, and shipped on the SS Warwick Castle
on 12 February 1948 to Durban,
Sir Michael took delivery in March 1948.
|Mistletoe green colour on chassis B382CF|
|(Picture courtesy of "The Classic Rolls-Royce" - p72)|
|A brief history of the car after Sir Michel's ownership:|
|12 February 1962 – Service record listing the owner as Dr. L van Dongen, mileage 67 801.|
1964 - The car was purchased by
Grosvenor Motors, mileage 81 442.
February 1965 - Grosvenor Motors sold the car
to Mr. Ralph S Parrott, mileage 81 500.
August 1967 - Purchased back by
Grosvenor Motors, mileage 98 760.
|1 September 1967 - The car was sold to Mr. Edward Askew.|
|October 1967 - The car clocked 100 000 miles.|
car has now done about 235 000 miles (2005)
July 1968 - The car was resprayed,
mileage 104 444.
|Current colour scheme: Tudor over Shell|
1968 - Car sold to Mr. Don Ogilvy
from Ogilvy and Sims.
February 1972 - Sold to Mr. Tom R Robson
for R2000, mileage 123 855.
1972 - Gearbox overhaul,
mileage 123 855.
September 1974 - Last recorded service at
Grosvenor Motors, mileage 131 304.
|2001 - Sold to Mr. Umberto De Stefanis, Johannesburg.|
|July 2004 - Sold by Bentley Motors SA to current owner, KC Saayman, Johannesburg.|
taken at Northwards Mansion, Parktown)
|A little bit of background about the
first owner of the car:
|In front of 54
where Sir Michael took delivery
of B108CF more than
56 years ago.
|Sir Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer|
elder brother, Sir Bernard Oppenheimer, had a son Sir Kurt Michael
(born 1892 and died
in an airplane crash in 1933)
who was married to Lady Ina Oppenheimer. They lived in England and had a son, Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer (born 1924 in England). The son inherited the title at the age of 9 when his father died.
Grenville Oppenheimer went to school briefly in South Africa. He
worked for a short time for Anglo American in South Africa, and he
have been 24 at the time the Bentley was delivered to him.
He later returned to England.
|Sir Michael's mother, Lady Ina Oppenheimer, subsequently married Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (whose first wife had died in 1934), so Sir Ernest Oppenheimer became the stepfather of the young Sir Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer. Harry Oppenheimer and his brother Frank (who drowned in 1935) were Sir Ernest's sons from his first marriage, and Sir Michael was therefore a stepbrother to Harry Oppenheimer.|
|This picture was
taken in 1963 at the
Ranch Motel near Pietersburg while
on a Bentley Drivers Club outing.
Our car is the one second from the right.
The owner at the time was Dr. L van Dongen.
|(My sincere thanks to Wayne Kennerley
for all his
assistance in researching the history of my Bentley)