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1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

When the door was lifted on the SoCal garage that held this 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback for the last three decades, it was highly unlikely the person who found it knew its story. It was originally ordered by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for his friends Ivar and Josephine Bryce, the former of whom served as the basis for Felix Leiter. But beyond its notable owners, it's also extremely rare, as it is one of only 11 R-Types built with the left-hand-drive-only column change, and since it's unrestored, it's almost entirely original. It'll be auctioned off at Pebble Beach, which is fitting, since it was last shown publicly at the Concours d'Elegance in 1971.

Photos: Brian Henniker / Gooding & Co.