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1930 Bentley Speed Six

Chassis number : SB 2754

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Sold for $874,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction.
This Bentley Speed Six was completed on September of 1929 and was one of the 121 6.5-liter Bentleys resting on the short 138-inch wheelbase. As it is a later model it was equipped with the single port block which brought horsepower from 160 to 180 bhp. The original coachwork was by Gurney Nutting although factory records list it being a Weymann saloon. The agent for the car was H.M. Bentley and Partners. The car returned to Bentley Motors for its final test in November of 1929.

The car was a custom order built for its first owner Mr. William Lindsay Everard who retained it until April of 1936. By 1947 it was owned by Mr. William W. Cope in Nottingham. Lachland McPherson acquired it in 1949 and kept it for a year before selling it to E.N. David Pitts.

It is not known when the car received its current coachwork, with some evidence to suggest that it occurred before the war.

By 1973 the car was in the United States and in the care of Mr. L.D. Hopeman who owned the car until the mid-1980s. The next owner was Dr. Fred Simeone who acquired it as an unfinished restoration project. Dr. Simeone entrusted the restoration to David George. After its completion, the car was traded to Virgil Millett. Mr. Millett had further restoration work performed by Steve Babinski including a full rebuild of the engine.

After Virgil Millett passed away, the car was put into static storage. It emerged from storage early in 2019 and received extensive recommissioning by a Vintage Bentley specialist.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019

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2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $874,000

1930 Bentley Speed Six Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley Speed Six

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: SB 2754
Sold for USD$874,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
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1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: LR 2787
Sold for USD$1,457,500
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
 
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman's Saloon by Corsica
Chassis#: HM2861
Sold for USD$3,410,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1931 Bentley 'Blue Train' Special by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: 32TC
Sold for USD$440,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1930 Bentley 'Blue Train' Re-creation
Sold for USD$522,500
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six LeMans Tourer
Chassis#: HM2852
Sold for USD$605,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: LR2777
Sold for USD$308,244
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Bentley Speed Sixs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Bentley Speed Six's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Bentley Speed Six Sports TourerFR26392019 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction $450,000$650,000
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsmans Saloon by H.J. MullinerLR27782019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $2,600,000$3,200,000
1930 Bentley Blue Train RecreationB68HR2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island $550,000$650,000
1930 BENTLEY SPEED SIX TOURERHM28652014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $680,000$780,000
1930 Bentley 6.5 Litre Le Mans Team Car EvocationKR26792013 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   

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1930 Bentley Speed Six Profiles

1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: GC 3661
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Old Number 2 Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: HM2868
Engine #: HM2872
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LR2776
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: HM2855
Engine #: HM2863
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: HM2869
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LR2778
Engine #: NH2748S
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Blue Train Tourer
Chassis #: B68HR
Engine #: B34H-1396
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: NH2730
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Blue Train Tourer
Chassis #: 32TC
Engine #: A7280
Vin #: Serial no. B001BTS
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Open Four Seater Sports
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: SB2756
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: NH2741
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Sportsmans Saloon
Coachwork: Corsica
Chassis #: HM2861
Engine #: LR2782
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Open Roadster
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: HM2856
Engine #: HM2868
1930 Bentley Speed Six vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: NH2740
Engine #: KR2693