<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656

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Lot 122
From the Collection of the late Wade Carter
1937 BENTLEY 4 ¼ LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, Ltd.

Sold for US$ 173,250 inc. premium
From the Collection of the late Wade Carter
1937 BENTLEY 4 ¼ LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, Ltd.

Chassis no. B-39-KU
Engine no. M 9 BZ
Body no. 6656

4,235cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
Est. 125bhp at 3800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Beam front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Matching numbers
*One of only nine "All-weather" Tourers by Thrupp & Maberly, Ltd.
*A wonderful driving example, ideal for classic tours
*Featured during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II
*Supplied with fitted luggage, tool kit, manuals, factory build sheet, and other documentation



THE BENTLEY 4 ¼ LITER

The 4 ¼ liter Bentley was introduced in 1936, and as the Rolls Royce Foundation has noted, was an immediate commercial success. Designated the "K" series, the new chassis was built in two consecutive runs, the "KT" and KU", the Derby works producing one hundred of each, with the KTs being numbered evenly and the KUs being assigned odd numbers. The new engine was introduced as a bored-out version of Bentley's original 3.6-liter motor. The K chassis offered a number of interesting technological changes over their predecessors, although some enthusiasts remained a bit skeptical of items such as the new "de-turbulated" cylinder head design. This alteration involved changing the form of the combustion chamber. As one marque expert explains, "The earlier cylinder heads' combustion chamber was smaller at the entrance with a kind of edge or lip on the fire face of the head—kind of bulb-shaped. It was to create turbulence of fuel/air mixture upon intake. This lip at the leading edge partially sealed off the chamber in an attempt to slow fuel flow into the cylinder and enable all of the fuel to ignite." Bentley engineers found if they reduced the "swirl" of the incoming fuel/air mixture, or "de-turbulated" it by removing that lip edge and making it straight- sided, it helped the cylinder fill and ignite more effectively." However, it also effectively reduced the compression ratio. Whether that was reflected in the engine's performance is arguable, but it is said that those who raced Bentleys - and there were many – preferred the "turbulated" combustion chamber. The larger engine gave these K Bentleys a noticeably high top speed, now approaching 100 mph, with a few streamlined racing examples capable of considerably more. The 4 ¼-liter also utilized an improved oil scraper ring design, new white-metal bearings, larger SU side-draft carburetors and larger valves. The generator was now air-cooled for improved life, there was a new Borg and Beck single-plate clutch, and, adds the Foundation's commentary, the front end was redesigned to reduce axle tramp under hard braking. All in all, the new 4 ¼ was "a true grand touring machine", and the chassis were clothed in bespoke coachwork from any number of prestigious shops. A total of 1234 chassis of 4 ¼- liter specification were produced, with later-series chassis being fitted with overdrive transmissions. Our final quote from the Rolls Royce Foundation says it all: "Many think (the 4 ¼-liter) was the best car Rolls-Royce or Bentley ever built."


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

B-39-KU is the 19th of 100 "K"-series 4 ¼-liter Bentley chassis built at Derby, and one of only nine bodied as a four-door, four-seat All-weather Phaeton by the well-regarded coachbuilding firm of Thrupp & Maberly, located in London's West End. Thrupp & Maberly is perhaps best known for its fabrication of Major Henry Seagrave's 1929 land speed car, the Golden Arrow, which achieved a new record of 231.45 mph in the flying mile at Daytona Beach. This Phaeton (Design no. B1075/L) still features its elegant and graceful lines, accented by the twin side-mounted spares within the front fenders.

The build sheet for this All-weather Phaeton shows that it was delivered to Bentley's London distributor, Rootes Ltd. and thence to Thrupp & Maberly, Ltd. on July 2, 1937. It's first owner was a Captain Charles William Spiers, MP, of New Malden, Surrey. It is believed that Captain Spiers enjoyed this Bentley, along with others in his collection, for more than three decades. According to documents provided by the consignor, the engine was overhauled in 1977 by Mr. Stanley Brunt of Staffordshire, England, and in May of that year, its owner participated in the Rolls Royce and Bentley Rally and Drive-past as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations, which drew over 250 selected cars. A small number of these very special automobiles were invited to pass in review before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her family at Windsor Castle. An image of the car at this event is included with the car.

Eventually this Bentley was soon after acquired by Mr. Arthur B. Mullaly of Carmel, California, and then by Seattle newspaperman Monty Brown. Mr. Brown sold the car to Seattle auto dealer and noted automobile collector Wade Carter in August of 1995, at which time the car had accrued some 95,600 miles from new. Among the documents in this car's historical file is a letter stating that the car had been driven in several long CCCA Tours, including a 1998 "Caravan" of more than 1000 miles without incident. Following Mr. Carter's passing, the Bentley remained with his family, and is only now being offered for sale.

This stunning Bentley All-weather Phaeton is finished in a very tasteful combination of a green body with dark green fenders, offset with polished full wheel discs. The interior is trimmed in brown leather with a tan canvas top and boot, and of course the driver enjoys a dashboard filled with lovely gauges and controls. This Bentley is supplied with an owner's manual, tool kit, and a set of fitted luggage. A recent test drive in the Arizona sunshine showed this Derby Bentley to start "on the button" and perform very smoothly and quietly on the road. While it is in fine condition today, the rarity of its coachwork and design would make it a perfect candidate for a show-quality restoration. As offered, it would a perfect addition to any collection of classic Pre-war European luxury automobiles, and an enjoyable companion for vintage tours and rallies.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car is titled as a 1938.
Contacts
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
<i>From the Collection of the late Wade Carter</i><br /><b>1937 BENTLEY 4 &#188; LITER ALL-WEATHER PHAETON  </b><br />Chassis no. B-39-KU <br />Engine no. M 9 BZ<br />Body no. 6656
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