1924 Bentley leads the charge at classic car auction
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 16th June, 2016
A 1924 Bentley 3-litre Vanden Plas ‘Le Mans’ style tourer will be the most expensive attraction at Mossgreen’s forthcoming Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction from 3pm Sunday June 19 at 935 High Street, Armadale.
The car, which carries a catalogue estimate of $270,000-$300,000, was built between 1994 and 1999 for Geoff Venn by Rod Warrener and the engine – a genuine 1924 3-litre number AP325 – assembled during the 1980s by Jim Duncan.
The new chassis was made by Julian Ghosh and the rest of the parts are original.
The late John Calvert, whose collection of cars and memorabilia forms a major part of this sale, bought the Bentley in 2013 – two years before his death.
Other classics in the auction include a 1922 Sunbeam 16/40 Sports Tourer, which has undergone a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration by Historic & Vintage Restorations in the Melbourne suburb of Blackburn.
The car, with an estimate of $130,000-$150,000, was originally found in derelict state at a farm on the banks of the Murray River in Swan Hill in northern Victoria before being purchased by the vendor and subjected to a three-year restoration.
The auction also includes a 1932 Vauxhall Silent 80 Richmond saloon, a 1974 Aston Martin V8 Series III ‘Sunroof’ coupe, a 1968 Jaguar XK150, a 1950 Jaguar XK120, a 1950 Bristol 400 Sports Saloon, a 1972 E-Type Jaguar Series 3 V12 roadster, a 1955 Triumph TR3, a 1960 Lotus Elite Series I, and a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7 MK.11A convertible.