A 1970 Bentley T1 once owned by the Duke of Devonshire is being offered for sale without reserve at Silverstone Auctions May Sale on Saturday 24th May.
During the Duke’s ownership, notable passengers to accompany him in the car included Her Majesty The Queen, former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, poet and writer Sir John Betjeman, and both Princess Alexandra and Princess Margaret.
The Bentley T1 is being offered for sale due to lack of use by its current owner Leslie Bricusse, the English composer famous for writing a string of hits including the theme to James Bond’s Goldfinger, Sammy Davis Jnr’s What kind of fool am I, and Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.
“With so many famous faces to have been a passenger in it, this amazing Bentley surely has one of the most fascinating histories we’ve had the pleasure of taking to auction,” comments Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. “There can be no doubt that the car offers a certain level of luxury and comfort that such luminaries would expect and it’s now waiting to be enjoyed by a new owner.”
In addition to the car’s interesting past, it remains an appealing example and very useable classic in its own right. Having covered a believed genuine 70,000 miles from new, the car has been well-maintained during its life and is mechanically sound, having benefitted from work totalling more than £3,750 in 2012, including an overhaul of the brakes.
Supplied with a fresh MOT, “CJW911H” offers an opportunity to acquire a genuine piece of rare royal history.
For more information about the car and the many other lots being offered at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, please visit the Silverstone Auctions website