Two exquisite Bentley classics will spearhead a majestic line-up of 138 vehicles at the Imperial War Museum, October 17th 2018.
1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre ‘Le Mans’ Style Tourer
Leader of the beautiful vintage duo is a remarkable 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre ‘Le Mans’ Style Tourer (Estimate: £750,000 – £850,000).
The stunning Bentley boasts matching chassis / engine numbers, and was supplied new to the saviour of Bentley Motors and three times Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato.
Originally fitted with open Vanden Plas four-seater coachwork, but has since been re-bodied in the style of a Le Mans car.
Mechanically overhauled with thousands of pounds invested into its now exquisite restoration, this vintage classic is the perfect vehicle to celebrate Bentley’s centenary next year.
W.O. Bentley on Woolf ‘Babe’ Barnato:
“The best driver we ever had and, I consider, the best British driver of his day. One who never made a mistake and always obeyed orders . . . He won Le Mans three times running, an achievement no one else has equalled.
“He was a formidable man, behind a glass of whisky, behind a driving wheel, and behind a boardroom table. He enjoyed himself with Bentley Motors, enjoyed the racing and the status it brought him in the public eye. In spite of 1931, and the bankruptcy, ‘Babe’ and I never quarrelled.”
Bentley 3.5 Litre Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe
The second of the incredible Bentley classics offered at the H and H, is a 1937 Bentley 3.5 Litre Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe (Estimate: £450,000 – £550,000).
Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics describes the car:
“It is an exceptional Bentley, having only covered 15,500 miles from new. It is the best preserved and most original Derby Bentley we have ever encountered.
“In fact we are pretty confident this is the best preserved and most original Derby Bentley in the world.
“Talking about the car cannot do it justice, it has to be seen in the metal.”
Bold claims indeed, but this absolutely stunning example of craftsmanship has only been piloted by two very careful custodians. The car is the final of only four 3½ Litre cars to be dressed in the elegant Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe coachwork.
Two-Tone Red paintwork, Red leather upholstery, carpets, boot lining, ash frame, aluminium panelling, engine, gearbox, front axle, rear axle, steering, suspension, brakes, brightwork, wood veneers, instrumentation, tools, glass, pedal rubbers and even chassis paint, with the latter protected by matt lacquer.
Other Exquisite Lots
Other exquisite lots offered in this prestige auction, include a stylish 1950 Bentley MK VI Park Ward Drophead Coupe (Estimate: £90,000 – £110,000) and a headlining 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 ‘External Bonnet Lock’ Roadster.
‘Chassis 64’ is an externally locked bonnet car, which are extremely sought after (£340,000 – £380,000).
The H and H gavel will begin at the the Imperial War Museum, October 17th 2018.
More information on this auction can be found here.
Images courtesy of H&H