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Barn-find Bentley smashes estimate at Beaulieu

Barn-find Bentley smashes estimate at Beaulieu Classic and Performance Car

1929 Bentley 4½-litre sells for more than double its projected price.

A pre-war Bentley has sold for over half a million pounds, after more than three decades in a family barn.
The 1929 Bentley 4 ½-litre was auctioned last weekend (September 5-6) in Bonhams International Autojumble sale at Beaulieu, where it sold for £695,900.
The car was recently unearthed from a family barn after 30 years, with the seller finding the car, which is over 80 years old, in his grandfather’s garage. 
Rob Hubbard, Bonhams Motoring Specialist, said: 'It was an incredible discovery; the chassis, engine, axle, gearbox, steering box numbers are all present and correct, the interior is completely original in wonderful green leather. For a car that’s over 80 years old, it’s truly astounding.'
The vendor’s grandfather purchased the Bentley in 1935 and is known to have used it for family holidays throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The luxury car even towed a caravan, and is still fitted with the original tow ball.
Elsewhere in the annual sale, a 1927 Voisin C12 Tourer achieved £219,900, a 1964 Jaguar E-Type ‘Series 1’ 3.8-Litre Coupe realised £113,500, whiles a 1950 Bristol Drophead Coupe joined the Bentley in selling for over double its estimate, with the restoration project selling for £104,540.
Within the car museum at Beaulieu, once watched over by the late Lord Montagu, lies a 1930 Bentley 4 ½-litre, similar to that of the star set of wheels in the auction. It goes without saying that Lord Montagu would have approved of the Bentley’s sale last weekend.
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