Rolls-Royce show car to lead H&H sale

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A 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith that starred at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show is expected to make £125-185,000 at H&H’s 15 June Rockingham Castle sale.

Ordered by a Mr WH Gatty Saunt, it features a sliding roof at the rear, an extra-small driver’s seat for Saunt’s ‘small man’ chauffeur, folding tables, a Thermos, plus swivelling chairs in the back for picnicking.

The limousine comes with a history file documenting three years’ worth of correspondence between Saunt, Rolls-Royce, the Caffyns’ showroom and Hoopers coachbuilders.

The sale also features a Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé that combines luxury with ‘wind in the hair’ motoring and is one of just 63 right-hand drive cars.

It carries a guide price of £120-140,000 and features a heavy gauge frame, power-operated hood and power-assisted steering.

The car was restored nine years ago, during which time more 390 man-hours were lavished on its bodywork, and it has covered just 10,000 miles since.

H&H hopes to continue the success of its last sale, where a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing went for £72,000 more than its estimate.

Cheaper alternatives to the big-money lots include a James Young 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon (£40-50,000) and a 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Convertible Conversion (£14-16,000).

The full lot list can be viewed on H&H’s website.

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