1928 Bentley 6½ Litre Four-Light Weymann Fabric Sports Saloon

Courtesy of Bonhams

This year, the Bentley marque passes its centenary. It is a huge achievement, not least because throughout those 100 years it is a company that has always been associated with the utmost sporting and luxurious cars.

That reputation was founded on the basis of magnificent automobiles like the 6½ Litre offered here today, cars which exemplified style and performance.

Whereas 4-cylinder cars tended to receive lightweight coachwork, the 6½ was not so restrained, so it is not surprising that of the 544 cars built, only 10% were delivered with open touring bodies.

This handsome Bentley is well known and regarded as one of the most original of its kind to survive, retaining matching component numbers, the coachwork with which it was supplied new and even the Weymann patented fabric exterior of its body. It has had eight owners from new. It is strongly believed to have covered a mere 42,000 miles in its 90-year career.

Paul Hardiman

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Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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