Classics, passion for the past

1953 Bentley R-Type Automatic Saloon B3UL

£ 39500

Body Saloon
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Grey
Interior Color Beige
Upholstery Leather
Steering Rhd
VIN B3UL
A particularly appealing example, very nicely finished in Velvet green and Tudor grey, with beige leather – the original and very attractive combination, which we feel suits the car extremely well. The car is sound, smart, correct, running very nicely and has obviously been well cared-for. Owned by one family (grandfather & grandson), from new until 2014, more than sixty years with just one owner since. A practical and sensible addition is the fitting of a full set of inertia reel seat belts, five altogether, including three in the rear. About £19,000 has been spent over the last decade or so on maintenance and repairs, documented with invoices. Offered serviced, driving very well, prepared & newly MoT tested.


Chassis No. B3UL Reg. No. FRS 734

Snippets: An Engineering Concern
B3UL was ordered by a member of the engineering firm of Wm Tawse Ltd of Aberdeen. The company was formed in 1896 by Peter Tawse (1853/1907) a son of a tenant farmer and bleacher of Baldovan. His earliest association with the Civil Engineering business was when he worked at the Rubislaw Granite quarries alongside John Fyfe. Peter Tawse’s greatest work was the construction of the Girdleness outfall sewer which involved tunnelling through the Dee & St. Fittick Hill, quite an achievement. When Peter died he left a widow, 4 sons and 2 daughters, his 2nd son Bertram Wilkie was killed during WWI whilst serving with the Cameron Highlanders, just before his death in 1915 he was the recipient of a pair of socks which had been knitted by Miss Gordon as part of the great war effort, he even found time to reply to her. Wm Tawse Ltd were modern thinkers and from 1922/1925 they employed a Miss Minnie Lindsay as one of their civil engineers on the Aberdeen Waterworks Reconstruction scheme. The firm went from strength to strength and by 1961 Peter’s grandson Bertram W. Tawse was the company’s M.D. and at that time their head office was in an old country house on the edge of Aberdeen. The firm had a fleet in excess of 100 vehicles, comprising of 21 landrovers, 75 commercials and the remainder for use by the directors and staff. B3UL remained with the Tawse family until circa 2014, over 60 years of faithful service.