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‘Bandleader’ Bentley heads auction entries

1962 Bentley Continental S2

1962 Bentley Continental S2

AN impressive range of cars consigned for Barons’ Autumn Classic sale (October 27, Sandown Park) are headed by a very fine 1962 Bentley Continental S2, which was built for the celebrated musician, nightclub owner and bandleader Edmundo Ros, a huge star worldwide from the 1940s to his retirement in the 1970s.

Once a familiar sight around the streets of Knightsbridge, London, this handsome Tudor grey Bentley has been the subject of considerable restoration, and comes complete with a comprehensive history file, including original Bentley build sheets and correspondence with Edmundo Ros. Estimate: £85,000-£105,000.

The Bentley is followed by a magnificent, concours-winning 1965 Series One E-type Jaguar convertible, which spent most of its life in New York, returning to the UK in June 2014. Estimate: £70,000-£90,000. The sale also features a later E-type – a 1971 S3 V12 FHC – which has had a superb bare metal respray. Estimate: £23,000-£27,000.

1984 AC 3000 ME

1984 AC 3000 ME

Early entries also include a very rare 1984 AC 3000 ME, which has covered less than 10,000 miles in over 30 years. Offered in ‘time-warp’ condition, it is believed to be one of the last half-dozen cars to leave the famous Thames Ditton factory. Complete with its original registration number 1984 ME, it carries an estimate of £20,000-£40,000.

Italian Prancing Horse glamour comes in the form of a 1984 Ferrari 400i convertible with just 16,600 miles on the clock (£39,000-£45,000) and a head-turning 1996 F355 GTS (£45,000 to £55,000).

Other notable early lots include an immaculate Citroen 2CV which was totally restored at a cost of nearly £12,000 back in 2007. Prior to restoration it was a one-owner barn-find, discovered in France, and it is believed to date from 1957 at the latest, as it bears the original ripple bonnet and a hood that descends to the rear bumper, a feature which wasn’t available after 1957. Estimate: £7,000-£9,000.

More information: barons-auctions.com.



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