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PRE-WAR ROLLS-ROYCE THE STAR OF UPCOMING BATH & WEST AUCTION

A CLASSIC 1930 Rolls-Royce is set to headline a February car auction in the same year that the iconic British brand celebrates the 110th anniversary of its founding in 1906.

The 20/25hp Brooklands Sluggard special – estimated to fetch £18,000-£20,000 – was modelled on the 1911 Silver Ghost which was built by Rolls-Royce to perform speed tests at the famous Surrey racing circuit where it achieved the magic mark of 101mph.

It will go under the hammer at Charterhouse’s classic car sale on Sunday, February 14, part of the weekend-long Footman James Great Western Autojumble which takes place at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Head of the event Andy Kitchen said: “Rolls-Royce is a name recognised across the world and this fantastic example is a fitting star of what promises to be a superb auction.”

The car has a varied history, starting life with a Spanish owner before it was transferred to London following the outbreak of the country’s civil war in 1937. Four further owners are known of before it was taken off the road in 1967.

Since its restoration – which has included an engine rebuild, rewire and addition of an overdrive unit – the car has been used regularly for touring.

Charterhouse’s head of classic cars Matthew Whitney said: “It is an imposing motor car with the classic Rolls-Royce chrome radiator topped off with a Spirit of Ecstasy mascot and ending in an aerodynamic tapered body.

“It started easily and sounded in rude health on inspection for this catalogue, and with its distinctive styling it will certainly make the next custodian stand out from the crowd.”

Other lots in the sale from the same Somerset estate include a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and a 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, as well as a 1995 Bentley Turbo RL and a 1952 Allis Chambers Model B tractor.

Outside of the auction hall, and the rest of the February 13-14 event offers showgoers the chance to explore hundreds of trade and autojumble stands in search of the bargains, and inspect stunning vehicles from clubs and private entrants.

The traditional classic car park will also see enthusiasts bring their pride and joy to showcase to visitors, with drivers offered a discounted entry price of £6 and a free sample of car care products.

Organiser Andy added: “Culminating in the intriguing auction headlined by the Rolls-Royces, the weekend promises to be one that offers something to all classic car enthusiasts whether it is something to see or buy.”

Advance discount tickets for the Footman James Great Western Autojumble are now on sale with a one day adult pass priced at £8 – a saving of £1 on the gate price. Under 16s are admitted free of charge, and there is plentiful free parking at the venue. For information on how to buy tickets visit carsandevents.com

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