Big white Bentley with interesting history

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“Every once in a while, there comes on the market a significant car without a significant price,” is the appealing start of the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for the Pick of the Day, a 1957 Bentley S1 sedan.

According to the advertisement, placed by a private seller who has owned the car for 20 years, only 12 such vehicles were imported to the United States, and were initially sold for $12,500 when a new Cadillac could be purchased for around $2,500.

This one was owned by “a wealthy Irish industrialist” before being purchased by the seller, who says the car has been displayed at the International Spy Museum grand opening, at the National Building Museum, National Portrait Gallery, rents out for $1,000 a day for high-end weddings, and once delivered three bottles of Scotch Whisky — worth $100,000 — to the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., amid trumpeter fanfare.

The seller adds that in the past 20 years, the car has received a modern air-conditioning compressor and reconfigured a/c plumbing, new radiator and cooling system, modern radio, alternator, electronic ignition, rebuilt transmission, new carburetors and braking equipment, new driveshaft and U joints, new shock absorbers, seat belts, paint and bodywork, and tires.

The car is Arctic White with black leather interior. Power is delivered by a 6-cylinder engine. The odometer shows 56,391 miles, according to the advertisement.

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The car is located in Springfield, Virginia, and the asking price is $39,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

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