1935 Bentley,

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Lot 543
1935 Bentley,

Sold for £ 25,875 (US$ 33,466) inc. premium
1935 Bentley

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 the respected London-based firm, including that offered here. 'GS 5309' was purchased by the current owners in January 1989 from the Real Car Co of Gwynedd and has remained in commission ever since. In May/June 1992 a partial restoration was carried out, the front axle, brakes and kingpins receiving attention while the engine was overhauled by Steve Hodgson of SMH Services Vehicle Restoration & Engineering in Angmering, Sussex. Finished in Burgundy/black with brown leather upholstery and matching carpets, the car is described as in generally good condition, very reliable and driving well. Offered for sale very reluctantly, 'GS 5309' is comes with original instruction book, old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to November 2010 and Swansea V5.
1935 Bentley,
1935 Bentley,
1935 Bentley,
1935 Bentley,
1935 Bentley,
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