Supreme Champion Award Winner and formerly the property of Reg Parker, this 1928 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Coupe is included in the Gooding & Company catalogue.
$750,000 – $950,000
Auction House: Gooding & Company – goodingco.com
In the minds of many enthusiasts, there is no finer vintage sports car than a well-sorted Bentley Speed Six fitted with its original coachwork, and this 1926 Bentley may be seen as one of the most sought-after examples ever built. Although originally constructed as a standard 6 1/2 litre, soon after it was completed, this car was taken back to Bentley Motors where it was up-rated to full Speed Six specifications. It was not uncommon for the 6 1/2-litre models remaining in factory service to receive Speed Six upgrades. Factory records indicate that the more powerful Speed Six engine and correct C-Type gearbox were fitted to this car by the Bentley Works in 1930.
In 1965, this stately Coupe was discovered by renowned collector Reg Parker just a few miles from his home. Reg Parker is regarded by many as having had one of the most significant collections in England and it included many Rolls-Royce motor cars, an Alfa Romeo 8C and an Aston Martin DB3S; however, he is most well known for his undying affection and devotion to the Bentley marque. As a prominent member of the Bentley Drivers Club, his collection included an example of every W.O. Bentley produced. According to many automotive scholars, Reg Parker’s collection was one of the most inspiring assemblies of Bentley motorcars known. His painstaking care and attention to detail helped him become a multiple-concours winner and, following in the proper Bentley tradition, his preparation focused not just on aesthetic concerns but the drivability and mechanical operation of all his motor vehicles.
Some 40 years ago, this car was restored to a remarkably high standard under the keen supervision of Mr. Parker. In 1969, this very car achieved a Supreme Champion award at the Bentley Drivers Club Kensington Gardens Concours. Not simply a club concours, this event was held to commemorate the factory’s Golden Jubilee and W.O. Bentley himself was there to present the award to Reg Parker. This wonderful Coupe was surely one of Mr. Bentley’s personal favorites as he was particularly fond of the Speed Six models which proved so successful in competition. This car returned to Kensington Gardens 10 years later to win a class award at another Bentley Drivers Club event, a testament to the high quality of the restoration work. This well-known car has been fully documented and is illustrated in A Pride of Bentleys, Coachwork of Vintage Bentleys and Private Motor Car Collections of Great Britain.
The following owner acquired this car from Reg Parker in 1983 and since that time it has been fastidiously maintained, assuring that it remains in superb condition throughout. In 2007, the car was bought by a respected vintage-Bentley enthusiast who has since attended to some necessary and substantial detail work from paint to plating. This Bentley has been used sparingly since its restoration yet still drives as a proper Speed Six should.
Remarkably, this car retains its original Coupe body by Motor Bodies of Newcastle and is one of only a handful of 6 1/2-litre models still retaining their original bodywork, as most have been converted into Le Mans-style Tourers over the years. As such, it is quite a pleasure to encounter such an original, well- maintained 6 1/2 litre. This example is one of a select few 6 1/2-litre models still wearing their original bodywork and this is the only example to feature Motor Bodies coachwork. The coach- work is truly splendid, sporting twin side-mount spares, a number of bespoke details and a unique sliding roof. With its large sunroof and disappearing windows, the handsome Coupe is an ideal configuration for touring. The car is an absolute joy in any weather condition, offering a comfortable and secure cockpit in adverse conditions while the roof can easily slide back, allowing sunlight to pour into the front seats on more idyllic days. It is finished in a handsome and most fitting black livery, the ideal presentation for a vintage Bentley.
This one-of-a-kind 1926 Bentley Sedanca Coupe is a very special car indeed. Offered with the desirable Speed Six specifications as upgraded by the factory, its original bodywork and a well-known and outstanding provenance with almost 20 years in the famed Reg Parker collection, it is a prime example of one of Bentley’s most important models. Presented here is a truly unique opportunity; in our opinion, there is no finer example of the legendary 6 1/2 litre currently available and this car can lay rightful claim to being the “world’s greatest sporting car.”
Coachwork by Motor Bodies Ltd.
CHASSIS NO. WT2271
ENGINE NO. SB2762
*Please note that this car is titled 1929.
- Supreme Champion Award Winner
- A Remarkably Original 6 1/2-Litre Bentley, Fully Upgraded to Speed Six Specifications by the Factory and Still Wearing Its Original Coachwork
- Part of the Highly Regarded Reg Parker Collection for Almost 20 Years
- Beautiful Presentation of a Most Significant Bentley Motorcar
Twin SU Carburetors 200 BHP at 3,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Spiral Bevel Drive
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Finned Drum Brakes
Suspension by Semi-Elliptical Springs Front and Rear