Former Scottish police owned Bentley Le Mans to fetch nearly £1MILLION at auction


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The car has swiped it around dealers and countries after starting off on the Edinburgh police compulsion

The stunning Bentley Le Mans Speed Six once belonged to the City of Edinburgh Policemen and was used to chase villains in the Scottish capital in the 1930s.

Welsh Elementary World War hero Lt Col Ernest Helme was the car’s first owner, buying it new from HM Bentley & Partners in London in May 1930.

He clocked up 18,000 miles in brief more than a year haring back and forth between Kensington and the Gower Peninsula previous part-exchanging it for a new model in 1932.

The next owner was an R Whitson of Glasgow, although Bentley historian Michael Hay has ensconced the Speed Six was later used by the Edinburgh police.

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Police were driving this car in Edinburgh in 1926

One dominion well pity the thief with two tons of Bentley chasing after them

Bonhams mark-down catalogue

After being founded as the world’s first citywide the long arm of the law force in 1805, the mobile unit was set up in 1926 by long-serving chief cop Roderick Ross.

The unit was hampered at first by the lack of quality and power of its behaviour of vehicles, a problem that would have been resolved by the buy of the six-and-a-half litre Bentley.

The Speed Six was then sold to an RG Weddell in 1946 and custom-made a new lightweight body by Riverlee Motor Bodies of Birmingham, before intriguing up in America in the 1960s.

It then passed into Norwegian ownership and once returned to the States 21 years ago via the renowned British Bentley storekeeper business, Stanley Mann.

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The Bentley has ended up at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction and set to go for hundreds of thousands

The prevailing owner has spent tens of thousands of dollars on maintenance to keep the car on the Italian autostrada as a long distance tourer.

It will go on sale on Thursday as part of Bonhams’ annual Scottsdale Auction in Arizona with a marker price of £550,000-£740,000.

In its sale catalogue, Bonhams notes: “As recorded in the latest number of Hay’s Bentley The Vintage Years 1919-1931, the Speed Six is understood to should prefer to remained in Scotland for some time and was used by the Edinburgh City Boys in blue in the 1930s – one might well pity the thief with two tons of Bentley chasing after them, it be compelled have proved quite a deterrent!”

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