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Vintage Bentley makes £59,000 at Charterhouse sale

The 1934 Bentley has had only six owners in the past 80 years. The first was a Harley Street doctor, who had a Park Ward sports saloon body built for it. The third owner, who took the car over in the early 1960s, had the four-door body replaced with an aluminium shell that replicates the famous Bentley built for amateur racer Eddie Hall in 1934.

Although the Bentley has been dry stored for a decade, its 3.5-litre engine runs. However, it will need recommissioning before it can take to the track again. Its selling price of £59,000 was £9,000 more than the upper estimate.

Not all the cars at the 15 February Charterhouse auction sold. The Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre Mini 30, with just five miles on the clock, that had been tipped to exceed £20,000, did not find a new home, and neither did the 1961 Lancia Flaminia that had been barn-stored for the past 40 years.

Cars that looked to be bargains included a 1970 Velar pre-production Range Rover that sold for £23,000 - £7,000 short of its upper estimate. It has been modified and will need of major work and components, including engine, gearbox and seats, to bring it back to original spec.

However, when you consider that the very first production Range Rover achieved more than £130,000 at a Silverstone’s auction last year, and this Velar is one of only 40 cars built prior to that, it seems like a good investment.

Another vehicle that will need a considerable amount of work is a 1955 Land Rover Series 1 86-inch SWB that had been stored for around 20 years. All original aside from a replacement canvas tilt, the Land Rover has had only three owners from new. It made £4,400 - £900 more than the estimate.

A second 1955 Land Rover was also on offer – an ex RAF vehicle recently imported from Malta where it had spent some time working at the airport. With a new tilt and new brakes all-round, this classic Land Rover sold for £5,400.

More on this…

  • Charterhouse 15 February sale  - view all the results
  • Bentley values - how much other cars have achieved

By Claire Evans

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