75 years after it was coach-built to the highest standards of the day, a 1935 Bentley will be auctioned at Brooklands – the birthplace of British motorsport – on June 2nd with a unique, free ‘accessory’ – ownership of the British coach-building company that created it.
Billed as one of the finest examples of its kind, the fine 1935 3-litre Bentley Saloon is a jewel amongst 65 other fine classic and collector cars offered by specialist auction company, Historics at Brooklands.
Valued at between £75,000 – £90,000, the Bentley is offered by Historics with a comprehensive array of diaries documenting it’s many trips in great detail. It is adorned with a single winged ‘B’ radiator mascot; believed to be one of only three examples of the experimental design ever produced, whilst the company which originally built the bespoke bodywork and interior of the car – Freestone & Webb – has even greater rarity value.
The renowned British coachbuilder was formed in 1923 by V.E. Freestone and A.J. Webb and, at its height, was producing 15 Rolls-Royces and Bentleys a year with exquisite hand-crafted bodywork and interiors. Freestone & Webb regularly exhibited at the London Motor Show and, for nine consecutive years, its excellence in the industry was recognised with the Gold Medal in the Private Coachbuilders competition.
Following the death of Webb in 1955, the company was taken over by HR Owen and continued to build bodies until 1958, after which the name was shelved.
The car’s vendor discovered and acquired the company name and registered the limited company in 1990. It is now offered, together with the Bentley, as asset and debt free, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own not only a fine motor car, but also an iconic piece of British automotive coachbuilding history.
The unique Bentley joins many other offerings at the inaugural Historics at Brooklands auction on June 2nd, 2010. Highlights include:
1937 MG TA Special
All aluminium body, built to very high spec, demonstrated at Le Mans Classic 2004
1937 MG TA Competition
Well-known ‘Team Rosbif’ racing T-Type. Raced extensively from early sixties onwards in the UK and Europe
1931 Bentley 4.5 litre Vanden Plas Tourer
A beautifully presented 1931 Bentley 4.5 litre boasts a well-documented and wonderful history, a fabulous finish with the correct engine and period-style supercharger. Examples of these important cars rarely come to the market, and a high level of international interest is expected
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Very original, four owners from new, long-term owner since mid 80’s
1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
Discovered in a barn after 20 years and recently re-commissioned
1987 Aston Martin Zagato Volante
Extremely rare, 1 of 37
1955 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Stunning body on uprated XK140 chassis
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Imported to the UK in early 1960’s
1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 SS Convertible
Genuine numbers-matching 396SS in restored condition
1968 Ford Escort AVO Rally
Absolutely correct period rally car, beautifully restored.
1939 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith by Mulliner & Co
A stunning Razor-Edge saloon with a 6,000-hour restoration.
About Historics at Brooklands
The independent auction house, Historics at Brooklands was established in March 2010, by private investors, to provide a highly knowledgeable and professional resource for the sale and purchase of fine quality classic and collector cars. All staff are highly experienced with the classic car sector, and are themselves classic car owners and enthusiasts. With a permanent home at the evocative Brooklands, Weybridge venue, but independent in ownership, Historics will host four auctions in the course of its first year, commencing with the sale on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
For more information, to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the evening of June 2, call 00 44 1753 630689, e-mail: [email protected], or see the website, www.historics.co.uk for registration and telephone bids.