Time-capsule Bentley revealed
Left gathering dust in an Irish county house, it’s for sale without reserve
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.