Estimated at £750-875k, this 1929 Bentley 4½ litre Open Tourer has been comprehensively rebuilt, and is offered for sale at Historics at Brooklands November auction.
With just 50 genuine Blower Bentleys built to homologate the five Birkin team cars, cars with provenance and traceable histories are highly valued. Historics at Brooklands will be offering an ex-Stanley Mann 4½ litre Open Tourer in the Vanden Plas style, registered GE 3769.
Like so many vintage Bentleys, has gone through various incarnations throughout its 89-year existence. A copy of the original build sheet shows that it was completed on 4 October 1928, first being registered in January 1929 as GE 3769 – the reg plate it still wears today.
Chassis UK 3299 began life as a 10’10" chassis, four-seat sports tourer, which was displayed at the Scottish Show car in 1929. It featured a sloped windscreen, flush toolbox to near side running boards, rev counter and side-scuttle vents – all of which can be seen on the build sheet.
As of 1949, the car received a new 4½ litre engine, as well as a two-seater body from an Alvis 12/60. It has also worn a Vanden Plas body by Robinson, but it was converted into its current Le Mans replica form in 2011 when it was bought by the current owner.
The car was sent to the Bentley specialist Clive Oliver, for all of the work required to turn it into a full-on 'Birkin' Blower Bentley recreation. Along with a freshly-built engine and 'Villiers' supercharger, an overdrive, servo brakes, twin petrol pumps and Birkin carburettors has been fitted.
It’s painted in British Racing Green – of course – along with a dark green leather interior, which includes a sprung rear seat. The dashboard is an exacting replica of the original, which with the twin oilers and all other instrumentation dials by Jaeger and Smiths.
Being offered in Historics’ 25 November auction at Brooklands, it’s estimated to sell for £750,000-875,000.
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1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT – £130,000-£160,000
Right-hand drive example, originally registered in Italy, having covered 13,622 kilometers.
1986 BMW M635CSi – £18,000-£24,000
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1979 Lotus Elite 504
A recently recommissioned automatic example, offered with no reserve.
1967 Morris Mini Moke - £10,000-£15,000
Originally registered to Restaurant Albert in central London, this Moke spent a long time in Monaco. It was fully restored when it came back to the UK in 1994.