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Lot 210: Bentley SI Saloon

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

To many connoisseurs the Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars of the Fifties and early Sixties were the last cars displaying the magnificent traditional craftsmanship for which Rolls-Royce had become world-famous. The separate chassis allowed for an uncommon elegance of coachwork design, either by the Crewe factory itself or by the surviving independent coachbuilders such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young; the introduction of unitary construction at Crewe all but ended the tradition.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S series, announced in April 1955, were really the last models in the old tradition, and the power unit was the last version of the splendid old Six after over thirty years of continuous development and refinement. Power from the 4,887cc was an estimated 158bhp which, via the four speed automatic transmission, permitted an impressive top speed of over 100mph.

Supplied new by respected Bentley specialists Broughtons of Cheltenham in 1957, this example, finished in Silver with grey leather interior, is described by its owner as 'good' in all significant respects, retains after more than five decades its original fitted small tool tray and wheel jack, hand pump and even its original inspection light, always good signs of a car which has received plenty of care in its life.

Sl Bentleys, properly kept, offer beautifully-crafted and reliable motoring; this one comes with an MoT test certificate valid until December, and a V5 registration document. These impressive cars represent phenomenal value as a simple and elegant high-quality introduction to the classic car world.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number210
Estimate£9000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9086
Year1957
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberB514 EG
Engine numberTGA 6
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors