Bentley Continental takes Best in Show at third Motorclassica

| 30 Oct 2012

A 1952 Bentley Continental R-Type has won Best in Show at Motorclassica in, held Melbourne from the 26-28 October.

The two-door British saloon saw off contenders that included a 1956 Chrysler 300B, a 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss and rare Aussie machines including a Holden FJ Stationwagon (thought to be one of three) and a 1970 Torana GTR-X concept.

Event director Paul Mathers said: “The Bentley caught the eye of many visitors over the weekend, not only because of its striking baby blue exterior, but also the immaculate condition in which it was presented. We were very privileged to be able to showcase this calibre of vehicle to motoring enthusiasts.”

More than 16,000 classic fans made it to the Australian event that this year included the Tour Classica, which took 74 cars through the streets of Melbourne, an auto art show and Picnic with the Classics, which featured numerous Jensens.

Fans of motor sport paid tribute to one of Australia’s sporting heroes – Sir Jack Brabham. Dozens of his cars were on show including his very first Midget Speedcar.

The driving legend showcased his 1959 World Drivers Championship-winning Cooper and his famous 1966 Repco Brabham and was joined by his chief collaborator, Ron Tauranac, and former team driver, Tim Schenken.

The Manheim auction put 30 cars and six ’bikes under the hammer making $5million in total, although the ex-Twiggy Lamborghini Miura (estimated at $1.1-1.25million) and a Tipo 61 Birdcage recreation ($1.2-1.4million) also failed to sell.

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Pictures: Ben Dillon