Bentley breakdown truck makes £370,000!


A brace of vintage Bentleys attracted the big money when H&H held its auction in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club at Rockingham on 16 June.

Dubbed the Excellence in Engineering sale, its top-seller was a 1926 6 1/2 Litre that, despite now being bodied as a Le Mans Style Tourer, had once been a breakdown truck. It made £369,600.

Amassing an above-estimate £212,800 was a 1927 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer from 1927 with VdP coachwork and which had once been the property of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

A trio of barnfind Lagondas inevitably got bidders going. Most interest was generated by Hugh Howorth’s much modified M45 competition car (£29,120). His wife once famously lost control of the car in a sprint at Hartlepool and plunged 30 feet onto the rocky beach beyond the finishing line.

A purposeful-looking 1937 LG45 Saloon De Ville that was complete and had reputedly covered just 78,000 miles from new returned £26,880, while a 1952 2.6 Litre Drophead Coupe made £17,920.

Other results of interest include a Weymann-bodied Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon that sold for £91,840, while a Renault Type T Tonneau that had been in the same family ownership since 1959 returned £65,000.

An elegantly presented 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre VdP – a former RREC Harewood Trophy Winner – performed well to make £48,160.



wooohhhh, expensive for half a litre Bentley!!

Chris Martin

What? Which do you find expensive? What half litre?
The 6 1/2 is probably about where the market is, (and bear in mind most have been rebodied at some time, an original would be far more) but it seems if even 3 litre cars can get over £200,000, the six-and-a-half starts to look good value.
Those Lagondas look like smart buys though, someone will be laughing when the market wakes up to the lesser hyped of the British classics.
Chris M.


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