The Power of Prestige | Bentley Auction Triumph

The Power of Prestige | Bentley Auction Triumph

The Alexander 'Alex' Tanner Collection attracted a large number of buyers from the US and various parts of the UK, resulting in a packed saleroom and significant interest. The event boasted an impressive 93% sold rate, generating a total of £782,805 (including fees).

12 July 2023



Among the highlights of the sale was Lot 51, the Bentley S3 Continental, which garnered substantial attention. With five telephone bids and three bidders present in the room, this particular car fetched an impressive £230,000 (BP Inclusive). Notably, it was one of only ten Mulliner bodied two-door coupes, and among those, one of eight that were right hand drive. The vehicle had been meticulously cared for and finished to an exceptionally high standard by P & A Wood, making it widely regarded as the best example available on the market. Ultimately, it was purchased by a buyer from the UK.


1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé (£230,000)

1963 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé (£230,000)


Another noteworthy sale was Lot 53, a 1931 4-litre Bentley, which fetched £126,500 (BP Inclusive). This car held special significance as it was believed to be the last vehicle produced while still under the control of W.O Bentley himself, often referred to as "The last W.O."


1931 Bentley 4-Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupé

1931 Bentley 4-Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupé (£126,500)


Lot 52, a 4/8-litre Bentley, sold for £253,000 (BP Inclusive). Originally a 4-litre, it was converted in 2009 by VBE Restorations to accommodate an 8-litre engine and a 'Le Mans style touring body.' This outstanding example, finished to an impeccable standard with meticulous attention to detail, had a rich history of participation in Bentley Drivers Club events throughout Europe. It is likely to be seen again on the continent in the near future.


1932 Bentley 4/8-Litre Tourer

1932 Bentley 4/8-Litre Tourer (£253,000)


The Riley RMB, offered as Lot 58, was sold for £10,580 (BP Inclusive). In restored condition and running and driving well, it was purchased by a gentleman from Suffolk. This car is expected to make appearances at the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) events over the summer.


1952 Riley RMB 2½ litre Saloon (£10,580)

1952 Riley RMB 2½ litre Saloon (£10,580)


Lot 60 featured the Dodge Troop carrier, which attracted significant interest despite its large size and practicality concerns. Ultimately, it sold for £13,225 (BP Inclusive).


1944 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC-51) 3/4 ton 4x4 (£13,225)

1944 Dodge Weapons Carrier (WC-51) 3/4 ton 4x4 (£13,225)


Additionally, Lots 1-49 consisted of a collection of memorabilia, including early garage equipment, petrol pump globes, and vintage brass parts. This assortment proved highly desirable, with many items selling for double or triple their estimates. The memorabilia lots achieved a total of £17,000 (BP Inclusive) and saw enthusiastic bidding from both the telephone and internet platforms.


A Duckhams and Morrisol single-sided curved five-colour enamel advertising sign (£3,640)

A Duckhams and Morrisol single-sided curved five-colour enamel advertising sign (£3,640)


This sale, characterised by the passion and dedication of the single owner, Alex Tanner, drew substantial attention not only due to the vehicles but also because of the friendships and following built over many years in the Bentley Drivers Club and other associations. Tanner's commitment to the motoring world was evident, and the success of the auction was a testament to his admired character.


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