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Rusty Bentley found in Stockport garage sells for £450k

1936 Bentley 4.5 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer Image copyright H&H Classics
Image caption The Bentley is "unusual" because it was assembled in the mid 1930s using parts which dated no later than 1931, H&H Classics said

A rusty 1936 Bentley which spent the last 30 years locked up in a garage has sold at auction for £454,250.

The car was owned by World War Two pilot Charles Blackham, who took part in a raid on Adolf Hitler's Bavarian retreat, and was one of just six of its kind made by Bentley.

H&H Classics sold the "unusual" car for more than double its estimate.

Mr Blackham, from Stockport, bought the car in 1952 for £260 and drove the classic convertible for 36 years.

'Ultimate find'

It was then locked up in his garage for three decades and only rediscovered after the 96-year-old's death in January.

The car, which now has "torn leather seats" and is "covered in rust", is one of just six WO Bentley 4.5-litre cars assembled by the service department from stockpiled and reconditioned parts in 1936.

Image copyright H&H Classics
Image caption Mr Blackham, was the Bentley's second owner

Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics said the car - which was sold at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on Wednesday - was the "ultimate Bentley barn find".

"This Bentley is so unusual because it was assembled in the mid-1930s using a chassis and mechanical parts which dated from no later than 1931," he said.

"Only the body was freshly made when the car was assembled and sold as a new car in 1936."

Mr Blackham served in the RAF 550 Squadron and took part in the bombing raid of Hitler's famous mountain-top retreat in the Bavarian Alps in April 1945.

Image copyright H&H Classics
Image caption Charles Blackham (centre) served in the RAF 550 Squadron

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