Oldest Bentley for sale

| 15 Jun 2011

The world’s oldest surviving production Bentley will go under the hammer at Pebble Beach.

US auction house Gooding & Co has consigned the chassis no 3 – the first car produced by WO Bentley to leave his Cricklewood factory.

Boasting matching numbers and its original aluminium body – complete with disappearing hood, specified by the first owner - it’s expected to break the $1m mark at Goodings 20 – 21 August sale at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey.

The consignment is likely to attract significant attention from marque enthusiasts, especially following Bonhams’ £3.5m result for the world’s oldest Rolls-Royce, a 1904 10hp two-seater that sold for £1.2m over estimate at the sale house’s London Olympia sale in December 2007.