Barn-found Bentley brings $1 million at Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale

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Same family owned '29 Bentley since 1935 | Bonhams photos
Same family owned ’29 Bentley since 1935 | Bonhams photos

A 1929 Bentley 4½-liter sports saloon owned by the same family since 1935 and recently unearthed after 30 years in a barn sold at Bonhams’ Beaulieu International Autojumble auction for $1.059 million.

“The vendor only recently found the car gathering dust in his grandfather’s garage, and expected it to be valued at a fraction of the amount we’ve achieved at today’s auction,” Rob Hubbard, Bonhams motoring specialist was quoted in a post-auction news release.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 'project'
1969 Aston Martin DB6 ‘project’

“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 sales price was more than double the car’s pre-auction estimate.

The consignor’s grandfather bought the Mulliner-bodied car in 1935 and is known to have used it for family holidays throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The car even was used to tow a caravan (camper), and was still fitted with its original tow ball at the auction.

1927 Voisin C12
1927 Voisin C12

Other top sales at the auction were $334,825 for a 1927 Voisin C12 tourer and $249,558 for a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 “project” car.

Totals sales for the auction held at Britain’s National Motor Museum were $4.74 million.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.