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Tuesday, 21 March, 2000, 13:51 GMT
Wisdom's classic car farewell
Sir Norman Wisdom
Sir Norman first bought his beloved Bentley in 1960
Comedy veteran Sir Norman Wisdom has said an emotional farewell to his beloved Bentley, which is being offered for sale at Christie's auction house in London.

The 84-year-old performer and the vehicle have shared a chequered history. He originally bought it in 1960 and held on to it until 1981 when he sold it the first time.

In January, the 1956 R Type Continental fastback was tracked down by researchers for Carlton Television's Pulling Power programme as a surprise for the recently-knighted funnyman.

Wisdom fell in love with the car all over again and bought back the Bentley, saying: "It's a lovely car and I've always regretted selling it."

'Handful'

But now the legendary comic has decided to part with the rare car again, because it's too big and "a little too sporting" for him.

A Christie's spokeswoman said the comic had reluctantly decided to part with the car.

She said: "The car is enormous and he's finding it a bit big to handle. He said it was a 'little too sporting' and has reluctantly decided to part with it.

"The car epitomises luxury and style but it is difficult to manoeuvre and has become a bit too much for him."

Sir Norman's Bentley, which is expected to fetch 40-50,000, will head Christie's sale of Exceptional Motor Cars and Automobilia on 27 March at the Jack Barclay Showroom in Vauxhall, south London.

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