5m Bentley sets auction record

5m Bentley sets auction record

A classic Bentley has been sold for more than £5 million - the highest amount ever paid for a car at auction.

The Birkin Bentley, which dates back to 1929 and is a 4.5-litre single-seat racing car, fetched £5,042,000 at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale.

It was an exciting event for classic car nuts, as a 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine known as the Corgi went for a cool £4.7 million.

"We always believed that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect place to sell two of Britain's most iconic cars," said Bonhams chairman Robert Brooks, as the auction house revealed the sale raised £22 million in seven hours.

"Bonhams has sponsored this event from its inception 20 years ago. These results again prove the value of provenance and rarity, offered for sale in the best possible surroundings

The proud owners of the Birkin Bentley and the Rolls Royce will no doubt be making sure they protect their prized assets by obtaining specialistcar insurance and - if they dare to take the motors out for a spin on the open road - suitable breakdown cover to provide peace of mind.

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