1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Tourer  Chassis no. B151 DK Engine no. Z9BE

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Lot 291
1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Tourer
Registration no. BXR 5 Chassis no. B151 DK Engine no. Z9BE

Sold for £ 73,000 (US$ 100,387) inc. premium
1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Tourer
Coachwork by James E Pearce Ltd

Registration no. BXR 5
Chassis no. B151 DK
Engine no. Z9BE
Launched in 1933, the first of what would become know as the ‘Derby Bentleys’ continued the marque’s sporting associations but in a manner even more refined than before. Even W O Bentley himself acknowledged that the 3.5-Litre model was the finest ever to bear his name. Based on the contemporary Rolls-Royce 20/25hp, the 3.5-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 quickly 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. Of the 2,442 manufactured, almost 50 percent were bodied by Park Ward in a limited number of styles. Most of the other great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the Derby Bentley chassis, one of the most admired being the four-seater tourer by Vanden Plas, a company associated with the Bentley marque from its earliest days.

This Vanden Plas-style tourer epitomises the flamboyance and sophistication of automobile styling in the Art Deco period. Commenced in January 1992 and completed in the summer of 1994, the faultless coachwork was undertaken by internationally regarded coachbuilders James E Pearce Ltd to the highest standards typical of this company’s work. The results speak for themselves. Such craftsmanship is not inexpensive, and an inspection of the account for this work is recommended.

The car is finished in the Honeysuckle Gold livery often associated with this model, complemented by Burgundy hood and tonneau cover (fitted 2004) with rich red Connolly hide to the interior. An overdrive-equipped gearbox is an additional convenience. Presented in pristine condition throughout, the vehicle is offered complete with its original and valuable ‘BXR 5’ registration mark, restoration invoices, recently expired MoT certificate (January 2004) and Swansea V5 registration document.
1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Tourer  Chassis no. B151 DK Engine no. Z9BE
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