1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon, Coachwork by Freestone & Webb,1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Salo
Lot 222
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon B6EF
Sold for £58,700 (US$ 100,105) inc. premium
Lot Details
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Freestone & Webb

Registration no. CBB 625
Chassis no. B6EF
Engine no. M9BR

Footnotes


  • Although Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley Motors in 1931 robbed the latter of its independence, it did at least ensure the survival of the Bentley name. Launched in 1933, the first of the ‘Derby Bentleys’, as they would come to be known, continued the marque’s sporting associations but in a manner even more refined than before. Even W O Bentley himself acknowledged that the 3½-Litre model was the finest ever to bear his name. Based on the contemporary Rolls-Royce 20/25hp, the 3½-Litre Bentley was slightly shorter in the wheelbase and employed a tuned (115bhp) twin-SU-carburettor version of the former’s overhead-valve six. Add to this already remarkable package an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox and servo assisted brakes, and the result was a vehicle offering the driver effortless sportscar performance in almost absolute silence. ‘The Silent Sports Car’, as it was swiftly dubbed, had few peers as a tireless long-distance tourer, combining as it did traditional Rolls-Royce refinement with Bentley performance and handling.
    The Derby Bentley was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile and as befitted its sporting nature was almost always fitted with owner-driver saloon or drophead coupé coachwork, the ‘standard’ designs being the work of Park Ward. Of the 2,442 examples manufactured (including the subsequent 4¼-Litre model) almost 50% were bodied by Park Ward. That offered here though, boasts handsome, owner-driver, sports saloon coachwork by Freestone & Webb of North London, one of the finest of all British coachbuilders and a firm associated with quality marques from its earliest days, particularly Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz.
    Chassis number ‘B6EF’ is featured on pages 180 and 181 of Michael Ellman-Brown’s authoritative work, ‘Bentley: The Silent Sportscar’. The car was sold new to Sir Ronald Gunter, of Weather, Yorkshire and before WW2 passed into the ownership of one F A Yomans, of Burton-on-Trent. It was next owned, from 1941, by a Mr Haugh, of Derby and then by one T W Chew, of Wick, Yorkshire who acquired the car in 1963. Nothing else is known of the Bentley’s history until it was bought by Richard Lloyd in 2000. Richard then commissioned a full restoration, which was carried out by recognised marque specialists (name unknown) to cover all aspects of bodywork, paint and mechanicals. Finished in grey with original green leather interior, the car is presented in generally excellent condition and is running well. A lovely ‘Derby’ Bentley, elegantly bodied by one of the most exclusive of British coachbuilders, ‘B6EF’ is offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5 registration document.
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