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Elton John’s favourite Bentley in ‘Supercars and Superstars’ sale

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November 29, 2017
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Two Bentley classics owned by the rocket man, former Watford FC owner and chairman Sir Elton John, are set to fetch more than half a million pounds at auction.

The most valuable of the two cars – a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon – is expected to sell for between £400,000 and £500,000 at the auction at Bonhams in London on Saturday, December 2.

At the same sale, a 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur Saloon is set to fetch between £160,000 and £190,000.

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Bentley was bought by The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar

Sir Elton owned the 1959 Bentley for 25 years, from 1976 until 2001, when it was bought by Lord Sugar.

Sir Elton once described it as “the most beautiful car, I think, that’s ever been designed”.

Only 431 S1 Continentals were built. When Sir Elton bought his he had power-assisted steering, air conditioning and a modern stereo system installed.

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Rare Bentley S1 among just 431 built

Sir Elton’s was one of just 71 right-hand drive versions of the car created. He bought the car in Norfolk and he was the fourth owner.

Sir Elton is no stranger to classic car auctions. At Christie’s in London on June 5, 2001, he sold 20 of his vintage cars – including three other Bentley models – for £1,951,725.

Get set for “Supercars and Superstars”

The up and coming Bonhams sale is billed “Supercars and Superstars”.

It also features a 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (£600,000-800,000) which was used as the wedding car for pop legend Madonna and Guy Ritchie at their marriage at Skibo Castle in Scotland in 2000.

The Silver Cloud originally belonged to Pete Murray OBE, one of the first Radio 1 DJs following its launch in 1967, who went on to present Top of The Pops, Come Dancing, and the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

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Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney also feature at auction

The sale also features cars owned by former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

If you are looking for a classic car investment Bonhams’ “Supercars and Superstars” will leave you spoilt for choice. As will the variety and price of classic car insurance policies offered by the specialists at Adrian Flux.

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