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An ace Bentley

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

 

Air Commodore Sir Egbert Cadbury was best known as managing director of Cadbury Brothers Ltd but also is remembered as a flying ace who shot down two Zeppelins over the North Sea in 1916. He was plainly a man of great taste and now a Bentley originally owned by him is to be auctioned on the 10th December.

 

An ace Bentley - 1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur saloon
An ace Bentley – 1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur saloon
An ace Bentley - 1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur saloon
The interior of the car
Sir Egbert Cadbury - An ace Bentley - 1958 Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur saloon
Air Commodore Sir Egbert Cadbury DSC, DFC (1893 – 1967)

 

The car – which is to be offered by Bonhams at their Hendon RAF Museum sale – is a Bentley S-Series Continental Flying Spur saloon with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner that is one of just 14 four-light S-Series Flying Spurs made. It was delivered to Sir Egbert new in 1958 and cost £7,994 (the equivalent of £179,000 or $272,000 or €256,000 today). It was subsequently converted to an automatic gearbox in 1960 and has been owned by the well-known car collector Gordon Willey since 1991.

 

Subject to a £100,000 renovation between March 2012 and August 2015, the Bentley comes with a guide of just £90,000 to £100,000 ($137,000 to $152,000, €130,000 to €140,000). It will make a spectacular addition to any collection.

 

 

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