Pick of the Day: 1989 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight
The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight

I am a bit of a fanatic for British cars. Sure I love Italian, German and many American cars, but my real love lies with the cars from Great Britain. And of all the cars from the UK, the ones I love most are the Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars from Crewe.

The Pick of the Day is a 1989 Bentley Turbo R located in Cary, Illinois, that is listed by a Bentley/Rolls-Royce specialist on ClassicCars.com at an asking price of $29,500. The price of these cars when new, depending on year, ranged between $175,000 to more than $225,000, and the fact that you can now purchase one of these cars for as little as $30,000 simply boggles the mind. But that is the current market price for a well-sorted Turbo R. Continue reading

Bandleader’s Bentley S2 stars at Barons’ auction

The 1962 Bentley Continental was owned by popular mid-century bandleader Edmundo Ros | Barons
The 1962 Bentley Continental was owned by popular mid-century bandleader Edmundo Ros | Barons

A 1962 Bentley Continental S2 custom-built for bandleader and nightclub owner Edmundo Ros, whose Latin America-tinged orchestra was a huge hit in Britain and the U.S., will be on stage October 27 for Barons’ Autumn Classic auction at Sandown Park in Surrey, England.

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Pick of the Day: 1947 Bentley MK VI ‘Black Adder 6’ Special

1947 Bentley is on its third body style
1947 Bentley is on its third body style

Since we switched from Pick of the Week to Pick of the Day and convinced Bob Golfen to let the rest of the staff share in the fun, I’ve focused on cars being sold by owners and on cars that seemed reasonably affordable. Until today.

Oh, this car is being offered by a private seller, but the $155,000 or best offer asking price represents my first venture into six figures. However, this does, indeed, look like an amazing car. Continue reading

McCaw’s ‘Blue Train’ Bentley dominates German concours

Bruce McCaw's 'Blue Train' Bentley drives off with quartet of honors | Bentley photos
Bruce McCaw’s ‘Blue Train’ Bentley drives off with quartet of honors | Bentley photos

American car collector Bruce McCaw’s Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train” drove away with four awards at the recent Schloss Bensberg Classics concours d’elegance near Cologne, Germany, where it was declared best of show by the judges and by public vote, and won best pre-war closed model and the Style of Speed award. Continue reading

Keith Richards’ famous blue Bentley coming to auction at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale

Keith Richards in 1967 with his Bentley named Blue Lena | Norman Potter/Bonhams
Keith Richards in 1967 with his Bentley named Blue Lena | Norman Potter/Bonhams

If this blue Bentley could only talk, what tales it could tell about its astonishing adventures with Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones.   This was in the swinging ’60s, when the rock star was high on success and any number of illegal substances. The car would transport Richards, his band mates and their collection of girlfriends to gigs and parties, and on the most outlandish of road trips.

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Kidston Trophy will honor pre-war racers at 25th Silverstone Classic

Some of the cars eligible for the Kidston Trophy test at Silverstone circuit | Silverstone Classic photos
Some of the cars eligible for the Kidston Trophy test at Silverstone circuit | Silverstone Classic photos

Billed as the world’s largest vintage racing event, the Silverstone Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary July 24-26 in England with an event that will highlight the return of pre-war sports cars as a racing class with a new and special trophy.

The Kidston Trophy honors adventurer and aviator Glen Kidston. A lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy — once surviving two torpedo strikes in the same day — when not at sea Kidston was setting records on the ground, on two wheels and four, and in the sky. In 1930, Kidston and Woolf Barnato drove a Bentley Speed Six to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Less than a year later, Kidston would die when his de Havilland Puss Moth broke up while flying through a dust storm over the Drakensberg Mountains in southern Africa. Continue reading

Three British greats headed to Gooding sale in Monterey

The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos
The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos

Three pieces of British royalty with celebrity connections will be up for auction in August during Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale.

The auction, which takes place August 15-16 at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, offers a collection of top-drawer collector cars during the annual sale, which last year soared well over $100 million during the two-day event.

Each of the three English cars is expected to go into seven figures. They are: Continue reading

‘Woodie’ tops H&H Classics Rolls-Royce sale

The scene at H&H's Rolls and Bentley sale | H&H Classics photos
The scene at H&H’s Rolls and Bentley sale | H&H Classics photos

The auction staged last weekend by H&H Classics in conjunction with the annual concours and rally by Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club did £1.4 million in sales ($2.21 million) at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England.

The highlight of the sale was the approximately $255,000 paid for a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, formerly owned by the future Edward VIII. The car was bedecked with “wood-effect” paint on shooting-brake coachwork and is called one of the earliest of “woodies.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty
The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty

From the 1950’s through the early 1980’s Bentley cars were for the most part badge-engineered Rolls-Royces with the only difference being the grille and the logos. This all changed in the late 1980’s with the launch of the Bentley Turbo.

The Turbo was a look back at the sporting Bentley cars of the 1920s and 1930s, offering incredible luxury matched with serious performance. These were 6,000-pound sedans that could cover 0-60 in 7.5 seconds and reach top speeds in excess of 150 mph. Think of the Turbo R as a high-speed boardroom and you get the idea. Continue reading

Historic Rolls-Royce vehicles head to auction

1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo

H &H may not have the name recognition in North America of a Bonhams or one of the other big British classic car auction houses, but the company has been in business since 1993 and has an international reputation for high-dollar vehicles.

Its next sale is Saturday (June 20) in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club annual concours and rally at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England, where the docket will include several Rolls and Bentleys among other vehicles. Continue reading