Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Bentley are set to star in the Pebble Beach Auctions this Summer
Three coveted British classics with an estimated combined value of $4.8 million have been announced for this years’ Pebble Beach Auctions. A 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback, 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Two-Seater Drophead Coupe and an 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible will head to California for auction on 15-16 August, with a combined value just shy of $5 million.
The DB5 convertible being offered is one of only 123 ever-built and remains one of the most desirable British sports cars of all time. The example on offer at Pebble Beach this summer was originally constructed for Hollywood screenwriter, producer and playwright Wilton David 'Bill' Manhoff.
The Bentley R-Type in question was once ordered by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, as a present for friend Ivar Bryce, whilst the rare-two-seater Phantom being offered was built by Rolls-Royce to order, with unique coachwork courtesy of Thrupp & Maberly. The duo have estimated values of $1,400,000 - $1,800,000 and $1,500,000 - $2,000,000.
'We were absolutely thrilled when we uncovered these three magnificent cars,' said David Gooding, president of Gooding & Company. 'They are true automotive discoveries because they possess all the right qualities collectors want when buying significant motor cars. Each car has rich provenance, desirable long-term ownership, and exceptional design.'
Other British highlights within the auction include a classic Bentleys and Lagondas from the Ron Rezek Collection (estimates range from $200,000-1,500,000), a beautifully restored 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II ($800,000-1,000,000), a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer ($300,000-375,000), and an unrestored 1960 MGA Twin-Cam Roadster that was part of the BMC works team at the 12 Hours of Sebring ($250,000-350,000).