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Bond creator’s Bentley up for sale

After sitting in a garage in Los Angeles, California for nearly four decades, the classic 1953 Bentley belonging to James Bond creator Ian Fleming is being put up for sale by current owner, New York-based Gullwing Motor cars, according to Cars.aol.com.  

The R-Type Continental Fastback was bought and modified by Fleming, awell-known lover of fast cars, before he apparently gave it to long-time friend Ivar Felix Bryce. Bryce was the inspiration for the Bond character CIA agent Felix Leiter, who appeared in six of the popular spy thrillers.

After being kept in a variety of locations around the world by the Bryce family, it was eventually sold and then resold over the years, with the last owner prior to Gullwing purchasing it being a Beverly Hills surgeon in 1978. 

Ian Fleming reportedly spent thousands of dollars restoring and modifying the Bentley during the time he owned it, adding extras like rear spats, lightweight seats and a racehorse mascot. Gullwing is asking over $1.85 million CAD (£928,092) for the Bentley, saying it is somewhat dusty but otherwise intact and a perfect candidate for a full restoration.