Bentley tops H&H results


A 1923 Bentley 3 Litre topped the results at H&H's Buxton, Derbyshire classic car auction on 8 June.

The ‘TT Replica’, chassis 331 and formerly owned by Ecurie Ecosse patron Hugh McCaig, was originally a rakish two-seater but now wears a fabric-covered four-seater Tourer body; reputed to be the work of Kingsbury-based coachbuilder Vanden Plas.

Complete with VSCC Eligibility Document and MSA Historic Technical Passport, ‘WT 402’ eventually fell to Simon Hope’s gavel for £146,300.

Other results included an estimate-smashing £52,800 for an Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Phase 2, ‘VLO 53’. Restored and subtly uprated by Nigel Dawes, it has flared wheel-arches shielding extra-wide Borrani lace wheels, it was once owned by former Aston Martin boss, the late Victor Gauntlett.

Another big number came in for the increasingly desirable Ford Escort Twin-Cam, H&H's 1968 example securing £33k.

The next sale of collectors’ cars, motorcycles and automobilia will be held at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on 20 July, currently headlined by a striking 1937 Alvis 4.3 Litre Tourer.



Though our era is about to consider this classic cars as semi-obsolete, I would still love to have a car like this Bentley. The Bentley 3 Litre is a very rare car. Nowadays you wouldn't see people in driving that car. And thinking of that, how would you have a Bentley repair aside from the internet that would provide you the "how-to" in repairing them? But that doesn't make me a hater of this car. For me, being rare is something worth it.

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