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Lot 152 - 1955 Bentley Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper

1956 Earls Court Motor Show Car

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£26,621

Auction The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot October 2015
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Lot Number 152
Reg. Number DKJ 1
Chassis Number B460-AN
Year 1955
Make Bentley
Model Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper

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Description

The Hooper bodied Series 1t was a sensation at the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show with Autocar describing it “attractive” with a “superlative finish”. They were impressed by the detailed Australian Bee’s Wing eucalyptus wood trim of the interior which was “used to great effect”.

The car carries a distinctive, dramatically flowing aluminium body by Hooper, which is more than 80 lbs lighter than the standard steel saloon. It has cut-away spats over the rear wheels and the rare eucalyptus wood is found on the dashboard, door tops, map tray and rear picnic tables.

The interior seating and door trims are in leather. Only 4 Bentley S1 cars were built with this coachwork.

Mrs Janet White of Felixstowe ordered the car and it was delivered to her on 20th December 1955, and according to the current vendor it was used as the 1956 Motor Show Car.  It had a series of UK owners until it was exported to Seattle, USA by Robert and Rita Irwin in 1970. They owned the car for 37 years at which point it was auctioned and ended up back in the UK in 2008. In 2009 the car was purchased in France and joined a private vehicle collection -Haras in Clarbec.  Chassis B460AN was kept in the collection before it was sold in late 2012 and the owner returned the Bentley to the UK.

The original log book survives and the car is offered with a host of bills and receipts from the USA and France,  along with MOT certificates from the 1960s and 1970s. Offered with a sensible reserve these most elegant Hooper body cars are very pleasing to the eye.


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