Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LIMEY! Rusty Old Bentley Sells for £454,000

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LIMEY! Rusty Old Bentley Sells for £454,000

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A RUSTY old Bentley kept hidden away in a garage for more than three decades has been sold at auction for an eye-popping £454,250.

The magnificent and extremely rare 4.5 litre sports car was owned by former Lancaster Bomber pilot Charles Blackham, who took part in a daring RAF raid in April 1945 on Adolf Hitler's mountain-top retreat in the Bavarian Alps, known as 'The Eagle's Lair.' Mr Blackham served in the RAF's 550 Squadron and also took part in Operation Manna later the same year, during which Allied aircraft flew as low as 50ft over Holland to drop food supplies for its starving population, many of whom had resorted to eating tulip bulbs to stay alive.

He drove the classic convertible for more than 36 years before it was taken off the road due to his age.

The car then spent the last 30 years under lock and key in a garage at his home in Heaton Mersey, Stockport, but was unearthed after his death aged 97 in January. …

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