Proving a growing demand for later model Bentleys was a 1992 Continental R finished in Peacock Blue, which went under the hammer for £20,172 plus premium – though it fell some way short of its £27,000 upper estimate.
It was closely followed at Baron’s Sandown Park sale on 25 February by two Rolls-Royces. The first, a 1962 Silver Cloud II sold for £11,212 plus premium, and though it came complete with a fresh MoT was described as a ‘rolling restoration’ owing to its poor interior condition. However, the vendor was reportedly quoted just £1800 for the necessary work to bring the California car up to scratch.
Selling for the same sum was a 1991 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit II, which had spent the past six years in a private collection having amassed only 22,000 miles through the course of its life. The white bodywork contrasted nicely with the green leather interior and carpets, and with three months’ tax and test it was ready to go.
The second running restoration was a 1953 Bentley R-type finished in black over silver. An American car, it had recently undergone mechanical work including new brakes, clutch and exhaust. The guide price of £10-12,000 reflected the condition of the bodywork, which was poor in places. It sold for £10,372 plus premium.
Also in need of some cosmetic attention was a 1966 Rover P5 Saloon, which eventually sold for £3092 plus fees. A bargain alternative to the more sought-after Coupé model, the saloon version offered the buyer a more affordable route to ownership. Though needing some remedial work, the recent advisory-free MoT suggested a sound investment.