Garage-find Vanden Plas Bentley disinterred after 30 years


A rare Vanden Plas-bodied 1937 Bentley 3.5-litre drophead has been rediscovered after 30 years and is now to be sold.

The remarkable find has just 15,000 miles on the clock, has had only two owners from new and is the last of four examples to wear this VdP coachwork.

The vendor's father bought the car in 1954, but increasingly worried that it may get damaged, tucked it way in the early 1980s alongside a Riley Kestrel 15/6 and Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster.

The Bentley is expected to make £140-180,000 when it is sold at H&H's Imperial War Museum, Duxford sale on 16 October, alongside an astonishing haul of pre-war Rolls-Royces found in a small town garage

Other interesting entries for the sale include a rare survivor, a Triumph Spitfire-based 1965 AKS Special (£3-4000).

The £12-15,000 estimate for a road-legal 1970 Jaguar E-type is sure to get shattered regardless of the state of the car, while the auction house hopes to extend its good run with Aston Martin DB6s, expecting £150-180,000 for a rare Bahama Yellow example.

Elsewhere, a £32-36k guide has been put on the bizarre 2005 Mercedes-Benz AG Excalibur.

The star lot will undoubtedly be an in-demand 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback with an estimate of £275-325,000.

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James Elliott wrote:
Elsewhere, a £32-36k guide has been put on the bizarre 2005 Mercedes-Benz AG Excalibur.

Bizarre is a polite way of putting it...


It's been on ebay at least twice, so I'm sure the seller must be getting a bit desperate by now!

James Elliott

More desperate than when they bought it? I mean, I am generally pretty easy-going about everyone's right to see beauty in things that I don't, but...

Group Editor, C&SC

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