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Little Classics News: 16 July 2015

Two Rare Classic Bentleys Join Barons Sale

1964 Bentley S3 Continental

Barons’ sale at Sandown Park on 28th July is set to be the company’s biggest yet, both in terms of numbers of cars entered and in value of the lots on offer. The star lot, an exceptionally rare and original 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk 1 Volante Vantage (estimated at £500,000-£750,000), has been joined by an equally rare 1964 Bentley S3 Continental (top) at the head of the extensive and diverse auction entry list.

In addition, following on from the success in April, when Barons had its highest-value sale to date and set a company record for an individual car when it achieved £739,000 for a 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback restoration project, the auction house has now been entrusted with a second example of this extremely rare model.

1964 Bentley S3 Continental

The elegant 1964 Bentley S3 Continental (above and top) features hand-built coachwork by James Young. Just 311 S3 Continentals were ever built – and only 20 of these were bodied by James Young.

Finished in Tudor grey with Stone leather interior, it has covered less than 8,000 miles in the past 41 years, though would appear to have been driven extensively in the first decade of its life, as the odometer shows a total of 113,000 miles. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a wonderful addition to a serious Bentley collection. Estimate: £100,000-£120,000.

1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

The vendor of the Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback has owned this handsome 1954 machine, resplendent in its green paintwork, for over 40 years. The owner is part of a family with a large garage business, so not surprisingly the car has been well maintained. It has been used on special occasions, and runs well. With the previous R-Type Continental Fastback achieving a remarkable £739,000 against an estimate of £200,000-£400,000, Barons is currently entertaining bids from would-be purchasers.



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