British classics to go on sale as Jaguar and Bentley models may sell for £280,000 - 'best we've seen'

The 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé

The 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé

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Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 11/10/2023

- 11:49

Updated: 05/03/2024

- 17:08

The cars will go on sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show next month

Some of the most iconic British vehicles worth thousands of pounds will be up for auction next month, with two vehicles expected to steal the limelight.

The NEC Classic Motor Show sale will take place on November 11, with the UK’s biggest and best motor show attracting bidders and buyers from around the world.

Two of the most eye-catching cars up for auction at the event next month are a sleek Jaguar XK140 and a stunning 92-year-old Bentley Saloon.

The 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé has been beautifully restored and will be on sale with Iconic Auctioneers for between £80,000 and £100,000.

The 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coup\u00e9

The car could fetch between £80,000 and £100,000

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The right-hand drive XK140 drophead is the second-most rare of the XK range, with experts highlighting the stunning dark blue colour, calling it “one of the best we have seen”.

It was first launched at the 1954 London Motor Show and was heralded with having a raft of improvements over its predecessor, the landmark XK120.

The classic car has been enhanced over the years including a revised grille, large bumpers and new rear lights.

The 3.4-litre engine has remained powerful over the years and now produces an impressive 190bhp.

It has more than 80,000 miles on the clock, as well as a classic “DHF 28” number plate, which is sure to turn a few heads when it goes under the hammer.

In recent years, the car has been well maintained and upgraded with a full engine rebuild, new clutch, installation of a 5-speed gearbox and power steering kit.

The second car up for auction is an immaculate 1931 Bentley 4-litre Sports Saloon which has been restored by specialists Arthur Archer.

Most drivers would love to get their hands on the car, with it being only one of 50 saloon models, having been described as “a true connoisseur's car”.

The 4-litre model was the old Cricklewood company’s swansong model before being absorbed by Rolls-Royce.

Iconic Auctioneers explains how the classic was purchased by one of its vendors from North Wales in 2019.

At the time of purchase, the vendor said: “The car is matching numbers with the original engine, steering box, etc. and the restoration included an extensive mechanical overhaul of the engine, chassis and all running gear as well as totally rebuilding an original, very handsome, Gurney Nutting body with twin side-mounted spare wheels, louvred bonnet and scuttle, ‘trouser crease' wings, etc.

“The quality of the reconstruction of the coachwork and the attention to detail are really something to behold, showing dedication, genuine enthusiasm and a desire to make the coachwork indistinguishable from the original.”

An extensive 12-year restoration took place in the late 1980s, which amounted to a stunning £90,000.

Auctioneers will be hoping for a staggering return for the car, with estimates for the sale between £140,000 and £180,000.

The 1931 Bentley 4-litre Sports Saloon

The 1931 Bentley 4-litre Sports Saloon

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Both vehicles will be on sale with Iconic Auctioneers on November 11 at the NEC Classic Motor Show.

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