A dozen Bentleys star at Brooklands

| 15 May 2012

No fewer than 12 fantastic Bentleys will be the crowd stoppers at Historics at Brooklands’ 26 May auction.

Looking set to be the bargain of the day will be a 1954 Bentley R-Type Coupé (in the main picture) by Abbott of Farnham that has been the subject of a seven-year, £150,000 restoration by Derby coachbuilder Wilkinsons.

Designed by Peter Woodgate, chassis ‘B329SP’ features a shallower radiator, lower steering column and higher-than-standard axle ratio – all designed to optimise the Abbott’s reduced weight and improved aerodynamics.

Finished in metallic grey and red leather, it is estimated to fetch £95-120,000.

A 1960s aluminium-bodied HJ Mulliner Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur ‘six light’ has been valued at £63-73,000 after being recommissioned at a cost of £20,000.

Owned by Sir Maxwell Joseph, Chairman of the Grand Metropolitan portfolio of properties, the saloon spent much of its time on the continent and still bears a French identity plate and switchgear.

Featuring in Alec Harvey-Bailey's book The Derby Bentleys, is the car plated as 4-B-IV. An experimental chassis, it started life as a Park Ward open tourer with a 3.5-litre engine that was modified to accept larger inlet valves and a 6:9:1 compression ratio.

In 1936 the chassis was fitted with a 4.25-litre engine and a Van Vooren saloon body, before being updated to its present form as a Vanden Plas Open Tourer. Having been displayed at the Midland Motor Museum from 1988-’96 it is now being offered for £100-140,000.

As we previously mentioned an ex-Woolf Barnato 3.5-litre will also be up for sale.