This year at the Australian International Motor Show, there will be a one-of-a-kind Bentley Ute up for sale. What sets this Bentley apart from others (besides the entirely custom wooden bed) is that its history is as rich as its bright yellow paint. Melbourne's Trinity Grammar School has put the Ute up for sale after acquiring it by donation. The Bentley Ute actually began in production as a 1956 Bentley S1 Saloon.
It was first purchased in London and was eventually acquired by the Right Honourable 6th Earl of Stradbroke Keith Rous. Rous converted the Ute into a utility vehicle and added a custom-fitted wood loading bed. The bed replaced the rear of the cabin where passengers would normally sit. The job was finished off with a bright yellow coat of paint. In 2011, the Earl donated it to the grammar school for use or for sale for funding. The funds generated from the sale will go towards building a new library at the school.
The 1956 Bentley Ute/S1 Saloon will be put up for sale on July 10th at this year's Australian International Motor Show. It is expected to go somewhere between $22,000-$32,000 Australian dollars. Photos courtesy of Shannons.