This Millionaire Is Selling One of the World’s ‘Finest’ Bentley Collections to Pay for His Divorce
It can be a seismic event until serious car collectors even consider parting with their baby cars. But the dissolution of a marriage is certainly qualified. This seems to be the case with a Bentley-loving Brit.
Robin Cannon, a multimillionaire director of a home care service in the UK, is set to sell one of the best private collections of Bentleys ever put together, reports The Times of London. The reason: to pay for his divorce.
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The cars will be auctioned by Duke's of Dorchester, Dorset. Sales include seven Bentleys built between 1929 and 2014, plus a beautifully maintained first-generation 1959 Chevrolet Corvette. The line-up of cars is expected to gross in excess of $ 2 million when the final hammer falls.
Among the cars set to reach the block is a 1929 WO Bentley 4.5 liter (above), one of only 665 examples of the roadster ever built. The $ 965,000 car was exported to India in the 1930s and then lost before being rediscovered in Afghanistan in the 1970s. After a four-week journey of 5,700 miles, it was brought back to England.
There's also a stately 1935 Derby 3.5 liter ($ 250,000) and a gorgeous silver 1956 S1 Continental Fastback ($ 550,000) that is considered one of the best Bentleys of the decade. The collection is rounded off by a 1961 S2 Continental (USD 410,000), a 1964 Continental S3 (USD 250,000), a 2007 Azure (USD 125,000), a 2014 Continental GT Speed Cabrio (USD 105,000) and last but not least the 1959 Vette ( 95,000 USD).
The stunning cars aren't the first possessions Cannon has had to part with since he split from ex-wife Jane two years ago. He also had to sell Newton House, a $ 6.9 million Jacobean estate near Yeovil, Somerset that the former couple bought back in 2007. There, Cannon stored his collection in a bespoke, air-conditioned garage.
Cannon told the Times he was sad to see the collection go, but it was time. "My ex-wife and I broke up in September 2019 and after the house was sold I had nowhere else to store the cars," he said. “I was under pressure to sell her as part of the divorce. I am trying to sell them. It's not a distress sale and I'm not being forced to do it, but it makes sense for me to sell them. "
Canon's “great” collection is expected to hit the block next Monday, March 11th. Each car can be viewed on the Duke's website. If you are interested in a bid, you can contact the auction house for more information.
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