The Bentley 6.5-liter was one of the world's finest and most respected automobile of the 1920s, which many consider to be the original sports car. It was first offered to the public in 1921, and it quickly earned the company a reputation for outstanding quality, elegance, rapid acceleration and speed. It was such a dominant force on the racetrack that other auto manufacturers were hesitant to compete against it. During the first eight runnings of the famed le Mans 24-Hour race, Bentleys had won five times, four of which were consecutive - a record that stood until the 1960s. During the 1929 Le Mans race, Bentley Speed Sixes crossed the finish line in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. In 1931, Rolls-Royce Ltd. became the owner of Bentley Motors, after the company declared bankruptcy.
This Bentley was originally a standard 6½-liter that was later returned to Bentley Motors soon after it was purchased, and upgraded to Speed Six specifications. It is now fitted with the more powerful Speed Six engine and correct C-Type gearbox.
In 1965, Reg Parker discovered this car just a short distance away from his home. Parker had many significant cars in his London-based collection, including Rolls-Royces, Alfa Romeos, Aston Martins, and Bentleys. He had assembled one of the most complete collection of Bentley cars ever assembled.
While in the care of Mr. Parker, this car was treated to a complete restoration. Since then, the car has won several significant class awards at concours events, and been featured in several books and publications.
In 1983, the present owner purchased this car from Parker. Since then it has been fastidiously maintained and used sparingly. The car still retains its original Sedanca Coupe body by Motor Bodies of Newcastle. This car is just one of only 13 6.5-Litres still wearing their original bodywork and the sole example to feature Motor Bodies craftsmanship.
The car has twin side-mount spares, a unique folding roof, and is finished in a black-and-green paint scheme.
In 2008, this Bugatti 6.5-Liter Sedanca Coupe was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. The car was estimated to sell for $700,000 - $950,000 and offered without reserve. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the car had been sold for $561,000, including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :