1955 Bentley S1 Hooper
Its appearance might not have been to all tastes, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this one-off was an intriguing offering for anyone interested in the later days of Bentley and Rolls-Royce bespoke bodying. Sold new to Rye MP Sir Bryant Godman Irvine, it stayed in his ownership until his death in 1992, passing to its second keeper in 1996. It had been restored in 1995 and given a partial repaint last year, but perhaps now was the time to decide whether to keep it as is or go down the far-from-cheap ‘major refreshing’ route. Even so, it was pretty presentable, the bodywork and aforementioned paint being fairly good. Inside it was much the same, with the rear seats being acceptable, but the front chairs needing some attention.