R Type Bentley Tyres
For originality the best crossply tyre is the 670 H 16 Dunlop RS5 but sadly they are no longer made. It was the only H rated cross-ply tyre and in our mind, the other alternatives are not comparatively cheap enough to warrant jeopardizing the handling and the integrity of the car to fit another tyre. Currently, Avon makes a 670 VR 16 Turbosteel which is the closest in dimensions while at the same time being a good well-structured tyre that will help the car handle well on these tyres. In period had you wanted to fit a radial tyre to your Bentley R Type, the 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 was the best option, as it still is today for the sporting driver. It is a little smaller in diameter but will give the best handling on windy roads while looking fantastic as an evocative sports car tyre of the 1950s and 1960s.
History of the R Type Bentley
The Bentley R Type is the second postwar series of Bentley vehicles, after the Mark VI. The R type, which is basically a larger-boot variant of the Mk VI, is seen by some as a stopgap until the launch of the S series automobiles in 1955. As with its predecessor, it was offered with a conventional body as well as coachbuilt variants by companies such as H. J. Mulliner & Co., Park Ward, Harold Radford, Freestone and Webb, Carrosserie Worblaufen, and some others.
The only big variation between the normal Bentley R Type and the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was the radiator grilles and the carburation. The R Type was the more well-known label. 2,500 units were produced during its lifespan, compared to just 760 for the Silver Dawn. The British publication 'The Motor' evaluated a four-door saloon with an automatic gearbox in 1953, the R-Type had a maximum speed of 101.7 mph and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 13.25 seconds. The fuel usage was 15.5 miles per imperial gallon. The test vehicle cost £4481 incl. taxes.