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The late SGS Legator Robert Riding's (OS 1958) car collection auction for charity

The late Robert Riding's (OS 1958) Rolls Royce & Bently Collection is up for auction to benefit his chosen charities next week. Mr Riding generously gave a generous bequest to the SGS Bursary Fund.
10 Oct 2022
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Robert Furniss Riding (OS 1958)
Robert Furniss Riding (OS 1958)


Bursary Fund

The Robert Furniss Riding collection, headed by a selection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, are being offered for sale without reserve by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford UK on October 19th 2022.

The distinguished collection comprises the following cars, largely British marques:

- 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer
- 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Coupe
- 1956 Bentley S1 Continental
- 1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible
- 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Drophead Coupe
- 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine
- 1926 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Landaulette 
- 1955 Daimler Empress DF 308
- 1991 Maserati Bi-Turbo Spyder
- 1933 Daimler Fifteen Fixed Head Coupe
- 1968 Triumph Vitesse
- 1935 Lanchester Twelve Fixed Head Coupe
- 1971 Vanden Plas 1300
- 1990 Mercedes-Benz 260 E
- 1955 Daimler Conquest Century Drophead Coupe; 1953 Lanchester 14 Saloon

To find out more about the collection visit

Paul Cheetham who consigned the collection for H&H Classics, says of it:

“This fabulous selection is evidence of Bob Riding’s wide-ranging taste in classic cars with a bias towards Rolls-Royce and Bentley, spanning nine decades of the 20th century. They are a marvelous cross section of some of the best of the last century’s most sought after cars. And their sale will benefit one of Britain’s most beloved institutions, the RNLI.”

About Robert Riding (OS 1958)

Born in 1940 as an only child, Mr Riding was educated at Stockport Grammar School then read natural sciences at Christ Church, Oxford. He joined William Deacon’s Bank, and had a stellar ascent through it and its subsequent iterations ending up as Group Treasurer of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He grasped the opportunity of early retirement in 1990 and moved to the Isle of Man where he had been left a house by an aunt. But Bob was far from being inactive, throwing himself into the local community and taking on the turnaround of a local private bank as its Executive Chairman.

Sailing had been a preoccupation during his time in the City, but on coming to the Isle of Man, Mr Riding switched his energies and focus to collecting cars – principally the products of Cricklewood, Derby and Crewe, but with some maverick exceptions such as Maserati and Caterham. Daimlers and Lanchesters also featured, and he had to move to a large country house to find garaging for the ever-growing collection. His cars were regularly campaigned at rallies for the appropriate marque and were often deserved winners of various trophies.

Mr Riding died on 11th May 2022.

A member of the Stockport Grammar School Shaa Society, Mr Riding left a generous bequest to the Stockport Grammar School Bursary Fund.  The Bursary Fund provides means-tested assistance to children joining SGS at age 11 and for Sixth Form. 

Each year we have more applications for bursary assistance than we have funds available, and we are very grateful to all our donors for their support for the Fund.

To find out more about the Bursary Fund please visit our Support Us page.

Read more about Mr Riding's life and his charitible support in Issue 11 of the Old Stops' Review.

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