Time-cap­sule Bentley re­vealed

Left gath­er­ing dust in an Irish county house, it’s for sale with­out re­serve

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - richard Bar­nett www.swva.co.uk

A 1949 Bentley MkVI that has been on the same Irish es­tate since 1951 is to be of­fered at South Western Ve­hi­cle Auc­tions’ first 2017 sale on 27 Jan­uary.

The car, with a be­lieved-gen­uine 46,000 miles on the clock, was orig­i­nally sold to Claude Wil­lie, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of The Au­to­car magazine’s pub­lisher. In 1951 it passed to Grace Car­roll, the great-grand­daugh­ter of to­bacco com­pany founder pa­trick James Car­roll, whose busi­ness pJ Car­roll was based in Dun­dalk.

Chris Holmes chief ex­ec­u­tive of SWVA says: ‘Grace didn’t use the car much, other than vis­it­ing horse shows and rac­ing (she bred a phoenix park win­ner, Jeremy Fisher) and she took the car to the fam­ily es­tate, where the car re­mained un­til Novem­ber this year.’

She stopped us­ing the car in 1984 and when she died in 1999, leav­ing an es­tate worth £8 mil­lion, her cousin in­her­ited it.

Holmes adds: ‘ The car is in solid and sound con­di­tion, with all the doors clos­ing well, while the en­gine fires up im­me­di­ately and runs as sweet as a nut.’

The seats, which were fit­ted with tai­lored cov­ers in 1981, are in split-free good or­der but need clean­ing and their colour is lift­ing, while the wood is good through­out. The ra­dio and sun­roof work.

The his­tory file con­tains cus­toms car­nets en­abling pas­sage be­tween North­ern Ire­land the Repub­lic. These car­nets recorded the make of tyres and ra­dio fit­ted to the car fol­low­ing in­spec­tion at the fron­tier check points to erad­i­cate the smug­gling of such items. Even the ash­tray still con­tains Grace Car­roll’s lip­stick-stained cig­a­rette ends.

The MkVi wil be of­fered with­out re­serve by swVa in Poole, Dorset, on 27 Jan­uary.

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