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Little Classics News: 16 June 2015

Impressive Vintage Rolls-Royce and Bentleys Set for H&H Sale

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca De Ville

Held in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours & Rally at Burghley House, Lincolnshire, on 20 June H&H will offer a selection of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and classic cars from other prestigious marques.

Significant pre-War entries include the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca De Ville (top) by Windovers, a well-known car in society circles of the time, which carries an estimate of £70,000 - 90,000. Even earlier, a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (below) joins it, carrying ingenious painted ‘wood-effect’ shooting brake coachwork from a car once owned by the future Edward VIII, one of the earliest ‘woodies’. Estimates for the Silver Ghost are £100,000 - 120,000.

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shooting Brake

The Spanish title ‘Marquis de Portago’ is best known as the name of the 1950s playboy and racing driver Alfonso, who lost his life in the last-ever Mille Miglia. His father, Antonio Cabeza de Vaca, from whom he inherited the title, was another keen motoring enthusiast and one-time owner of the 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon to be offered by H&H at Burghley House. The rakish two-tone four-door, an ex-Paris Salon car, past NEC Classic Motor Show champion and former RREC Class and Best in Show winner carries a price of £100,000 - 120,000.

1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon

As war clouds gathered over Europe in the late-1930s, Rolls-Royce was in the final stages of designing its new Bentley Mk V, an advanced car with independent front suspension (a first for the company) and a powerful, high-compression 4.25-litre engine. In the end, of the 35 proposed Mk Vs, 17 were reportedly completed before the outbreak of hostilities and just seven are thought to remain in existence today. H&H will offer a Park Ward-bodied Mk V Sports Saloon (below) first sold to Jack Barclay in 1940 when it carried the registration ‘JB 1’.

1940 Bentley MK V Sports Saloon

In marque specialist Andrew Wood’s (of legendary P&A Wood fame) ownership, the car gained an ex-Woolf Barnato engine updated to the optimum Mk V specification. Today, it is resplendent in its original colours of Corniche Maroon with Pale Grey hide and carpets and represents an almost unique opportunity to purchase one of the ‘magnificent seven’ Mk Vs extant. Estimate: £120,000 - 140,000.

1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon

Moving up to date, there can be few better ways to enjoy serious long-distance motoring four-up than in a four-door Rolls or Bentley Continental, the H J Mulliner-built ‘Flying Spur’. Never referred to as such when a Rolls-Royce, the ultimate and most rare version is the V8-engined, ‘low radiator’, quad-headlamp Silver Cloud III, of which just 52 were made with six-light coachwork to Mulliner design number 2042.

H&H’s RREC sale Silver-with-Black-hide 1964 model (above), estimated at £150,000 - 180,000, could well be the most original and lowest mileage (believed 37,000 from new) example of this very rare car.

1969 Bentley T-Series Mulliner Park Ward

Finally, of the other entries in the 49-car catalogue, another highlight is the 1969 Bentley T-Series Mulliner Park Ward (‘MPW’) Drophead (above). A contemporary of the Aston Martin DB6 Volante, more expensive when new and far scarcer (around 41 cars vs. 275 Astons), the convertible Bentley was repainted to its original Ming Blue and re-trimmed Tan in 2012. Rather than a price of approaching £1m, H&H is offering the perfect car for £45,000 - 55,000.

Visit: www.classic-auctions.com or contact H&H Classics Ltd on +44 (0) 1925 210035.



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