British Classic 1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer Leads Bonhams Auction

Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer
Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer

An incredible 1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer will lead the Bonhams annual Collectors Motorcars & Automobilia Auction hosted at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum 8th October 2018.

The spectacular lot list includes a host of exceptional pre-war examples from Britain, Europe and the United States.

Two prominent leaders of the star-striking auction will feature two British motorcars; a 1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer (£ 610,000 – 720,000) and a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket Convertible.

1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer (£ 610,000 – 720,000) – Image Courtesy Of Bonhams

The fascinating rare and well documented Bentley was given its coachwork under licence by Hibbard & Darrin, and was previously owned by renowned privateer racing driver Hugh Curling Hunter.

Boasting factory records which date from day one, this ‘All Weather’ touring star has featured in many events throughout its two decades of current ownership.

1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer (£ 610,000 – 720,000) – Image Courtesy Of Bonhams

Powered by the ultimate ‘WO’ six-cylinder, twin carburetor drive train, the vintage car underwent a thorough restoration at Scott Moncrieff, which was completed by Chris Shenton for its then owner, next it passed through another significant collection to the current owner in the mid-2000s.

1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Tourer (£ 610,000 – 720,000) – Image Courtesy Of Bonhams

Rolls-Royce Phantom II

The second of the charismatic British duo is a handsome Rolls-Royce, bodied by Brewster with an incredibly low mileage of 35,000. The left-hand drive makes the car one of the most original in existence.

Propelled by a thumping 7.7-liter engine, this delightful classic has an overabundance of torque which can regurgitate any road surface with ease. Precision controls and incredibly plush interior make this one of opulent from the pre-war era.

Rolls Royce Phantom II
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket Convertible – Image Courtesy Bonhams

Other Auction Highlights

A very uncommon and striking 1931 Isotta Fraschini 8A Sports Coupe is also one of the many highlights. One of just three examples ever bodied by Lancefield, this luxury Italian automobile was in the original owner’s family for more than 50 years and remains in remarkable preserved condition.

One of the stars from the US is an outstanding 1913 Stutz Bearcat Series B Roadster. Legendary the world around, the Bearcat exemplified the early American sportscar and this particular model, which has undergone a comprehensive restoration, worthily carries the mantle.

These are but a few of the many wonderful examples that will be presented for sale next month. Bonhams’ autumn auction in Philadelphia is quite unique in that characterises just about every era and interest of motoring, with automobiles of nearly every condition and price point.

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The Collectors Motorcars & Automobilia sale will take place Monday, October 8th at the award-winning Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. To register to bid – remotely or in person, order a catalogue, or learn more details, visit here.

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