A unique surviving 6.5-litre Open Sports Touring Bentley will go under the hammer at Bonhams Monterey Auction 24th August in California, and is expected to reach a staggering £2,300,000 when the hammer falls.
This unique vintage Bentley is the last of only 28 bodies Barker & Co Coachbuilders provided for WO Bentleys, nineteen of which were fitted to 6½-liter cars, only two of which were 4-seat open tourers, and of that ‘brace,’ this is the only survivor.
Following the roaring twenties, austerity meant extravagance was only for the affluent and more formal cars given preference.
This particular Bentley was dressed exquisitely, boasting a beautifully proportioned and high-quality sports touring body, seating seven adults if required, with two rear fold-down occasional seats, a tour de force in coach-building curved throughout on multiple planes and supremely elegant. The car was even used HM Bentley & Partners as a demonstrator.
Following a twenty year ownership, in the hands of South African Mrs. Alva Wilkins in 1964, the car was repatriated for the next 30 years.
The new owner opted to commission a perfect and complete rebuild of the Bentley, which included full refurbishment of the Barker bodywork, removing and restoring the original aluminum skin from its original frame, reparing anything to original specification where needed.
Perfection achieved, this now incredible work of art made its debut in the UK at the Bentley Drivers Concours at Stonor Park in June.
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