All is good at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England! A special 1929 Birkin Bentley racecar just snagged an incredible $7.9 million at Bonham’s exotic car auction during the event! According to Bonham’s, it is a record for a British car sold at auction.
The Birkin Bentley has now set speed and auction pricing records!
The single-seat Bentley racer packs a 4.5-liter supercharged engine designed just for racing. What is better is that it was made specifically for high-speed racing circuits like England’s Brooklands track. I can see why someone would want this luxury racecar…I can even grasp how someone would $7.9 million-dollars want it.
So why the name Birkin? No, it did not come with a handbag from Hermes. The car originally belonged to Tim Birkin, a famed member of an entourage of racing aficionados dubbed ‘The Bentley Boys’. The boys competed in Bentley cars and even assisted with development during the formative years of the brand.
Fun fact: The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin.
This particular Bentley was coated in red rather than the traditional British racing green and nabbed a record on the Brookland’s outer circuit at 137 mph.
1929 Birkin Bentley
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