The Kinks’ Ray Davies’ Bent­ley S2 goes un­der the ham­mer

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Ever wanted a clas­sic Bent­ley owned by a rock star, even though he’s never ac­tu­ally driven it? Well, this could be your big chance. The Kinks lead singer, Ray Davies, has owned this 1960 Bent­ley S2 since 1970, and now Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions is of­fer­ing it at its next Sil­ver­stone sale (with an es­ti­mate of £25,000£30,000) on 13 May. Davies says: ‘Af­ter the suc­cess of

Lola, I was per­suaded by my fam­ily to in­vest in a big car, which was un­usual for me be­cause I didn’t drive.

‘How­ever, I suc­cumbed to the pres­sure and bought a sec­ond­hand Bent­ley from Hadleigh Green Garage in Bar­net. I was told that the car had be­longed to Ge­orge Greenfield, who was Enid Bly­ton’s agent. My (then) wife drove it on my be­half.’

Most fa­mously, The Kinks used the Bent­ley in a pho­to­shoot for the

Preser­va­tion al­bum and black and white footage of the band pos­ing as gang­sters with it out­side Lon­don’s KONK stu­dios still ex­ists.

Davies adds: ‘ When I moved to Sur­rey in the 1970s, the car came down with me. I still could not drive and I was ac­tu­ally 44 be­fore I tried for my li­cence. It was oc­ca­sion­ally taken out for spe­cial events such as wed­dings and fam­ily out­ings.

‘The Kinks took it on the road in Eng­land but the fans started writ­ing on the car with lip­stick and our (then) man­ager Ken Jones promptly de­cided to re­tire my car to the garage.’

The car has been in stor­age since 1991 and is in need of restora­tion.

Ray Davies Bent­ley bought the Bent­ley in 1970, but didn’t pass his driv­ing test un­til 1988.

Davies’ Bent­ley, circa. 1973.

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