Classic Bentley that has been rotting in the garage for over 50 years is sold at auction for a staggering sum
A CLASSIC Bentley that has sat in a garage for over 50 years has sold at auction for a staggering amount.
After failing an MOT in 1968, late owner James Young placed the 1935 classic in his barn.
The 1935 vintage car was bought new by wealthy Australian tea merchant Philip Bushell.
He sent it to Australia, where it spent two decades before returning to Britain in 1954.
The Bentley was put up for sale at a garage in Shaftesbury, Dorset, where local farmer James Young paid £1,050 for it.
After the aforementioned TÜV damage, it was parked in a barn from 1968 until a winter storm damaged the barn roof last year.
Mr. Young’s grandson Roger and his wife Linda, fearing that it would only deteriorate in the exposed condition, decided to put the car up for auction.
The family received numerous inquiries from classic car fanatics who wanted to buy the vehicle, even though it was dusty and would cost a fortune to repair.
Eventually the Bentley was sold for £58,000 which would add up to a total of £60,000 including all charges and duties whilst the new owner would need to pay an estimated £100,000 to restore it to its former glory.
Richard Bromell of Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset told Metro: “It was a fabulous find and we are delighted with the price it got.
“Although I have seen and sold many barn finds over the decades, this one certainly trumps all other previous discoveries.”
Linda said it is a “beautiful car” that holds many memories for the family.
“We were sad to let it go,” she added.
“It would be nice if the new owner could get her up and running again and take care of her.”
This comes after Hollywood icon Paul Newman’s amazing Volvo went up for sale.
Also, a classic Mini that has been hidden in a dusty garage for 33 years has sold at auction for a staggering amount.
https://www.the-sun.com/motors/7763071/classic-bentley-left-to-rot-in-garage-over-50/ Classic Bentley that has been rotting in the garage for over 50 years is sold at auction for a staggering sum