We've seen our fair share of auto auctions over the years. At this point, it takes something truly rare and truly unique to catch our eye. The car in question has to be more than four wheels and a beautifully engineered engine, which explains why we're all riled over word that a 1935 Bentley 3 ½ Liter Saloon will be auctioned off by Historics at Brooklands. Yes, the car itself is something special. It wears a unique Flying B hood ornament – one of only three ever created – and has extensive documentation following nearly every mile on the odometer, but that's not what makes this particular lot so interesting.
You see, the car is being sold along with complete ownership of Freestone & Webb – the company that originally built the Bentley's special body way back when. The company is being auctioned off with neither assets nor debt, so the winning buyer will essentially have rights to the name alone. The coachbuilder hasn't built anything since closing its doors for good in 1958.
The Bentley and Freestone & Webb will be sold alongside a total of 65 other classics on June 2.
Classic Bentley to be auctioned, complete with free ownership of the company that built it
75 years after it was coach-built to the highest standards of the day, a 1935 Bentley will be auctioned at Brooklands on June 2 with a unique, free 'accessory' - ownership of the British coach-building company that created it.
Billed as one of the finest examples of its kind, the fine 1935 3 ½ litre Bentley Saloon is a jewel amongst 65 other fine classic and collector cars offered by specialist auction company, Historics at Brooklands.
Valued at between £75,000 - £90,000, the Bentley is offered by Historics with a comprehensive array of diaries documenting it's many trips in great detail. It is adorned with a single winged 'B' radiator mascot; believed to be one of only three examples of the experimental design ever produced, whilst the company which originally built the bespoke bodywork and interior of the car - Freestone & Webb - has even greater rarity value.
The renowned British coachbuilder was formed in 1923 by V.E. Freestone and A.J. Webb and, at its height, was producing 15 Rolls-Royces and Bentleys a year with exquisite hand-crafted bodywork and interiors. Freestone & Webb regularly exhibited at the London Motor Show and, for nine consecutive years, its excellence in the industry was recognised with the Gold Medal in the Private Coachbuilders competition.
Following the death of Webb in 1955, the company was taken over by HR Owen and continued to build bodies until 1958, after which the name was shelved.
The car's vendor discovered and acquired the company name and registered the limited company in 1990. It is now offered, together with the Bentley, as asset and debt free, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own not only a fine motor car, but also an iconic piece of British automotive coachbuilding history.
For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the evening of June 2, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk. Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the evening.
3-litre Bentley Saloon.
Christened 'The Silent Sports Car', the chassis of the 3 ½ litre Bentley Saloon was built from September 1933 in Derby alongside Rolls-Royce – and indeed designed under the influence of Sir Henry Royce - earning its moniker, in part, to excellent handling characteristics and a top speed of 97mph when adorned with the lightweight bodywork.
Despite early examples of the Bentley 3 ½ litre costing around £1,500, the unique blend of style, grace and performance proved popular amongst the inter-war elite, with over 70% of the cars built between 1933 and 1939 said to be still in existence some 80 years on.
A small selection of the 65 fine motorcars consigned to the first Historics of Brooklands auction on Wednesday, June 2, includes the following. Please visit
http://www.historics.co.uk/buying/online-catalogue.aspx for the full consigned list of vehicles.
High res photographs are available of all vehicles
1930 Bentley 4.5 litre Vanden Plas Tourer
A beautifully presented 1931 Bentley 4.5 litre boasts a well-documented and wonderful history, a fabulous finish with the correct engine and period-style supercharger. Examples of these important cars rarely come to the market, and a high level of international interest is expected £625,000 - £775,000
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Very original, four owners from new, long-term owner since mid 80's
1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
Discovered in a barn after 20 years and recently re-commissioned
1987 Aston Martin Zagato Volante
Extremely rare, 1 of 37
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Body by Thrupp & Maberly. Engine, body and interior restored
1955 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Stunning body on uprated XK140 chassis
1937 MG TA Special
All aluminium body, built to very high spec, demonstrated at Le Mans Classic 2004
1937 MG TA
Well-known 'Team Rosbif' racing T-Type. Raced extensively from early sixties onwards in the UK and Europe
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Imported to the UK in early 1960's
1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 SS Convertible
Genuine numbers-matching 396SS in restored condition
1968 Ford Escort AVO Rally
Absolutely correct period rally car, beautifully restored.
1939 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith by Mulliner & Co
A stunning Razor-Edge saloon with a 6,000 hour restoration.