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Crewe Bentleys remain cheap

Derby Bentleys remain cheap
We’re no money types and know very little about investing in cars (stay as far away as you can from it, we’d want to say), but still, it struck us that late 1940s / early 1950s Bentleys remain really cheap. Brightwells have three of them on offer next week (lot numbers 30, 63 and 72) and all three of them look great in our opinion, while estimates are low. The last time we drove an R-type ourselves was years ago, but we do have fond recollections of that car. What a joy to drive it was.

The Autocar wrote about the model, back at the time: “Years of painstaking research and development with mechanical perfection as the goal show their results unmistakably. Smoothness and quietness and sheer quality are in the superlative”.

“Go on, you’ll cut a dash in this.”, says Brightwells about the 1955 R-type in two-tone grey they have on offer. A Mk6 of 1949-vintage and alloy Hooper body (one of 25, or so they say) in the same sale comes with a nice slice of history, involving a Fruit mogul and a John Le Carre film adaption. This while a third, another Mk6 with three owners from new comes with its original bill of sale to “a director of Courtaulds named Johnson, who paid £4,000.00 for it in 1951– which, at the time, would have bought you two three bed-roomed houses. Today those two houses would cost £600,000, which makes this Bentley - with an estimate of £20,000-£25,000 - look under-priced. Or has the world gone crazy?” We don't know. It's up to you, buyer.

(Words editor, pictures Brightwells)


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#3 Politi 2018-04-06 18:30
Whether Derby or Crewe, the one with the squarish top would make a fine surfer vehicle, I am sold.
#2 Jeroen Booij 2018-04-06 08:17
Quoting Stewart:
They are not known as Derby Bentleys but as Crewe Bentleys and the estimates are on the high side I would say.

Yes, you are right. Amended now.
#1 Stewart 2018-04-05 14:20
They are not known as Derby Bentleys but as Crewe Bentleys and the estimates are on the high side I would say.

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