Bentley Mark V and Bentley Corniche
(1939 – 1941)
Bentley Mark V, 1939, #B30AW, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. The body is said to have been finished after WWII.
Drastic rationalization was considered as the best solution for control over the mounting costs of motor car production. A new generation of in-line engines was decided upon to share the same pistons, cylinder liners, valves etc. on the basis of identical cylinder dimensions. These were to power all future motor cars from Rolls-Royce’s different model ranges. The Bentley Mark V was the first new model to be powered by one of these units and as a more sporting variant a Bentley Corniche was in an advanced stage of testing. The outbreak of the Second World War stopped all this – less than twenty cars were built, only about ten finished with coachwork.
Bentley Mark V, 1940, #B18AW, Park Ward Four Door Saloon.
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 88.9 x 114.3 mm (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in), capacity 4,257 cc; cast iron cylinder head, overhead valves; aluminium alloy crankcase (Bentley Corniche cylinder block and crankcase cast in one piece, overhead inlet valves, side exhaust valves) single coil ignition, stand-by coil, 2 SU-carburettors; single dry plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox, synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear; hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic springs rear; 4-wheel drum brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,149.6 mm (124 in); tyre size 6.50 16
Bentley Corniche prototype, 1939. To a design by Georges Paulin this body with its advanced streamlined styling was built by Pourtout (Paris).
15 Bentley Mark V finished as chassis with engine and gearbox
(11 of these fitted with body)
4 Bentley Corniche finished as chassis with engine and gearbox
(only the previous prototype had been fitted with a body)