Bentley Racing Tourer Sells For £126,000

Leading the recent Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Sale at Tennants Auctioneers was the beautifully built Bentley which sold exceptionally well at £126,000 (all figures, excluding buyer’s premium), surpassing its estimate.

Originally registered BLT 988 in 1935 on an Arthur Mulliner four door saloon, the Bentley’s pre-war identity, coupled up with an impressive 1950s 4.9 litre engine makes for a vehicle that performs as well, and if not better on the road than a 1920s four and a quarter litre.

Notably, a left-hand drive 1973 Jaguar E type Series 3 V12 Roadster sold for £58,000. Enzo Ferrari famously referred to the Jaguar E type as “the most beautiful car ever made”. With the E type’s elegant design and iconic silhouette, the car is a quintessentially classic model in the motoring world.

High prices followed, with a 1993 Porsche 968 Coupe fetching a strong price of £12,000. A 1957 Land Rover Fire Engine Series 1 which spent most of its life at Ministry of Defence establishments, and was restored in 1988, sold well at £10,000. As well, a 1961 Rover 100 featured in the ITV Drama Heartbeat driven by Sergeant Merton, sold strongly at £7,800.

Among the offering of motorcycles on sale, an AJS G5 350cc side valve 1926 and Triumph T120 Bonneville 1970 sold particularly well at £7,100 and £6,400 respectively.

In the automobilia section, a cherished registration number plate “MEL 1E” went under the hammer for £5,000, followed by a rare Austin 1940’s Junior Pathfinder Special pedal car selling for £3,600. A 2017 Formula One Red Bull Racing suit signed by F1 racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, sold on behalf of the Brain Tumour Charity, made £1,200 at the auction.

The Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Sale achieved a total hammer price of £317,430 with 80% of lots sold.