1955 Bentley Saloon

1955 Bentley Saloon


The R Type is the second series of post war Bentley automobiles, replacing the Mark VI. Essentially a larger-boot version of the Mk VI, the R type is regarded by some as a stop-gap before the introduction of the S series cars in 1955.

Rolls-Royce did try to keep Bentley's recognition for fast racing cars by equipping this model with a dual carburetor rather than the Silver Dawn's single. Interestingly, not a single Rolls-Royce-badged car was sold domestically during the Socialist-dominated government of post-war Britain, where food shortages and rationing were common until the mid-1950s. Instead the British elite, suddenly becoming owner-drivers rather than chauffeur-driven, opted for the less well-known Bentley models.

These pictures of the Bentley were taken by photographer Isaac Alongi in October 2000. Isaac helped introduce the more natural style of photojournalism to Kansas City weddings and is respected for his work in black-and-white photography. Visit his Web site, www.isaacalongi.com. 
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