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John Black's Bentley

Whilst not a Standard or Triumph, this Bentley Mark VI will be of interest to S-T aficionados. The car has recently been restored in the USA and has deservedly started to win Concours awards. Sir John Black, Managing Director of the Standard Motor Company Ltd., commissioned this unique four-passenger Drophead Coupe with coach work by Mulliner of Birmingham in 1950. The car was found by Leon Garoyan, it had been stored and was in a very poor condition. Closely observed, you will see that it is finished in 3 tones of grey (not two) with a burgundy flash and it carries Sir John's coat of arms on the door tops.

In the period after acquiring the Triumph Motor Company, the Standard Motor Company worked with the coach builders Mulliner of Birmingham to design and build the Triumph Razoredge saloon in 1946. There followed a long association with Mulliner throughout the 1950s, that culminated in Standard taking them over in 1958.  Leon feels it is possible to discern the flowing line on the Bentley's flanks on both the earlier Razoredge and the later, Mulliner-built TR2. This car is thought to be the only Bentley finished by Mulliner after 1945.

This imposing car is certainly one that befitted a "Captain of Industry", a position that Sir John certainly occupied at that time

Phil Homer