UNEARTHED: 1935 Bentley stored in a farmer’s shed for 68 years
A 1935 Bentley that had been stored in a former trolley shed for 68 years has been unearthed.
The Bentley, which rolled off the Derby production line in 1935, was bought by wealthy Australian tea merchant Philip Bushell and shipped to coach builders Thrupp and Maberly, where a drop-head coupe body was fitted .
The car was sent to Australia before returning to these shores, eventually being sold to a garage in Shaftesbury in 1954.
A 73-year-old local farmer fell in love with it and bought it for £1,050 as a farm vehicle. He didn’t like the yellow paint and had the car repainted black, which cost him an additional £500.
Moving forward to 1968 and the Bentley failed its MOT on its kingpins so it was pushed into the farm wagon shed.
She was hauled out around 1971 by the present owner, the farmers grandson, when some repairs were made but only for her to be pushed back into the shed again, where she remained until this year, at except for the winged Bentley. Radiator cap B which was brought to the farm for safe keeping.
With the farmer’s grandson, and now his own son, realizing they will never be able to restore this beautiful Bentley, they contacted Richard Bromell at Charterhouse in Sherborne to appraise the car that has been in their family for 68 years.
Now in need of a full restoration, this rare 1935 Derby Bentley, with only a handful of owners, is estimated at £50,000-70,000 at the Charterhouse Classic and Vintage Car Auction to be held at the Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Wednesday, October 12. .
Mr Bromell said: “Growing up I thought every farm had old buildings hiding classic and vintage cars.
“Although I have seen and sold many barn finds in Charterhouse over the decades, this one certainly trumps all other previous finds.”
Charterhouse is accepting other entries for this auction, the September 29 automobilia and memorabilia auction and the October 5 classic and vintage motorcycle auction also at Haynes.
Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse team can be contacted for appraisals at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via [email protected]