Vintage Bentley ‘Hawkeye Special’ with documented provenance from 1924 up for auction
Because of their rarity, the values of vintage Bentleys are appreciating steadily as they offer a window into the culture of that era. And, when a vintage Bentley accompanied by accurate provenance, numbers-matching credentials, and authentic records, comes at the auction blocks, worldwide collectors of splash out huge amounts to grab one, which becomes apparent from the recent sale of 1929 vintage Bentley for $7.8 million, to become one of the most expensive British car. Now, again collectors stand a chance to grab multiple award winning, street-legal, race-ready, vintage 1924 Bentley 3/8-liter ‘Hawkeye Special’, as it will be auctioned as part of the RM Auctions’ highly anticipated Monterey Sale, scheduled to be held on August 17-18, California, where two Ford GT40 racing cars and a historic 1955 Aston Martin DB3S sports racing car will be offered as star attractions.
With the wide designing experience of aircraft-engines like B.R.1 and B.R.2 used on the Western Front by the R.A.F during WW1, Walter Owen Bentley re-directed his manufacturing attention from aero-engines to automobiles. And, designed his first ever sports car, powered by powerful 3-liter, 4-cylinder engine, aimed at motoring world’s sportsmen in the 1921. It became an immediate success, and was bought by highly affluent buyers which included actress Beatrice Lillie, Prince George, Duke of Kent and Gertrude Lawrence.
Once considered to be a cult car, this particular vintage Bentley built by John Guppy and Hawkeye ‘The Flying Swede” Wijkander has become an essential part of a complete prewar British car collection.
Referencing to the ‘Hawkeye Special’ vintage Bentley offered here, it got the original chassis 477 and ‘Red Badge’ Model.
However, a 6 ½ liter engine replaced its original engine, along with alloy two-seater body in the early 70s by Hawkeye ‘The Flying Swede” Wijkander and John Guppy. This one-of-a-kind two-seater open Bentley comes finished in classic, British Racing Green with a two-place bucket seat leather interior.
After winning vintage races in Europe, this Hawkeye Special was purchased from Bentley Specialist Stanley Mann Racing and brought to America in 2007. And, since then it has won several concours awards.