1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN

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Lot 24
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Corinthian Coachwork Ltd

Sold for € 144,900 (US$ 168,112) inc. premium
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Corinthian Coachwork Ltd

Chassis no. B65BN
•The only 'Derby' Bentley bodied by Corinthian
•Unique coachwork
•Known ownership history
•Present family ownership since 1959
•Restored in the 1980s and again in the 2010s

Footnotes

  • 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 streamlined drophead coupé coachwork in 'Art Deco' style by the little known firm of Corinthian. Based in Kilburn, North London, Corinthian Coachwork occupied the former premises of the Mayfair Carriage Company but bodied only three cars: two Lagondas and this Derby Bentley.

    'B65BN' was delivered to Corinthian's premises on 20th September 1934. Publicity for the bodywork in the form of an advertisement appeared in The Motor magazine's edition of 16th October 1934, which was followed by an article on the completed car in its edition of 9th April 1935. Factory records show that 'B65BN' was fitted with an extended steering column, a modification that added £4 to the £1,100 list price. The Bentley was registered 'BYV 187', a London mark, which it retains.

    Delivered new to its first owner, a Miss Phyllis Robins of London, on 14th September 1935, 'B65BN' passed to its second owner - one J. James of Stockton-on-Tees – on 7th December 1936. The Bentley then passed through the hands of three further custodians (details on file) before coming into the present family ownership in January 1959.

    Used initially, the car was taken off the road in 1965, the coachwork having deteriorated, and remained in storage until 1984 when its restoration commenced. The body was restored by Peter Plunkett Automobile Services of Oldham and the chassis by Steve Owen of Market Weighton, while the engine was rebuilt by Bill Barrott of Beighton, Sheffield. A photographic record of the body restoration and details of the engine rebuild are on file. Fiennes Engineering of Clanfield, Oxfordshire overhauled the differential and rear brakes in 1999, and replaced the clutch in 2003 (invoices on file). In 2007 the Bentley was taken off the road again and remained unused until it was re-commissioned by Ken Lea in 2011. Ken Lea's detailed account of the car's history and the extensive re-commissioning undertaken may be found in the accompanying comprehensive history file, together with relevant invoices (perusal highly recommended). Total cost was £83,538. More recently (in 2018) marque specialists Frank Dale & Stepsons carried out a major service, which included overhauling the brakes, replacing one kingpin, and fitting five new Blockley tyres.

    A lovely and unique Derby Bentley, elegantly bodied in 'Art Deco' style and known as 'The Corinthian', 'B65BN' is a guaranteed head-turner at any of the marque's 100th Anniversary celebrations planned for this year.

    Bentley 3½-Litre cabriolet 1935
    Carrosserie Corinthian Coachwork Ltd
    Châssis n° B65BN

    •La seule Bentley Derby carrossée par Corinthian
    •Carrosserie unique
    •Historique des propriétaires connu
    •Dans la famille actuelle depuis 1959
    •Restaurée dans les années 1980 puis à nouveau dans les années 2010

    La Bentley Derby était bien sûr une voiture fabriquée à l'unité et compte tenu de son caractère sportif était presque toujours habillée de carrosserie coupé ou cabriolet pour un propriétaire conducteur, les modèles les plus typiques étant ceux dus à Park Ward. Des 2 442 exemplaires construits, 50% furent carrossés par Park Ward (y compris le modèle 4¼-Litre qui suivit). Celle proposée ici arbore une carrosserie cabriolet profilée de style « Art Déco » due à un petit carrossier peu connu, Corinthian. Installé à Kilburn, au nord de Londres, la carrosserie Corinthian occupait les anciens ateliers de Mayfair Carriage Company, mais ne construisit que trois voitures : deux Lagondas et cette Bentley Derby.

    B65BN a été livrée aux ateliers Corinthian le 20 septembre 1934. Un article sur la carrosserie sous forme de publicité fut publié dans le magazine The Motor du 16 octobre 1934, suivi d'un article sur la voiture achevée dans le numéro du 9 avril 1935. Le registre de l'usine montre que B65BN a été dotée d'une colonne de direction allongée, modification qui entraina une majoration de 4 £ au prix catalogue de 1 100 £. La Bentley fut immatriculée BYV 187, un numéro Londonien qu'elle a conservé.

    Livrée neuve à sa première propriétaire, une certaine Miss Phyllis Robins de Londres, le 14 septembre 1935, puis B65BN passa à son second propriétaire – un certain J. James de Stockton-on-Tees – le 7 décembre 1936. Puis la Bentley passa aux mains de trois autres propriétaires (détails au dossier), avant d'arriver dans la famille qui en est propriétaire aujourd'hui, en janvier 1959.

    Utilisée au départ, la voiture fut retirée de la circulation en 1965, la carrosserie ayant été endommagée, et resta remisée jusqu'en 1984 lorsque commença sa restauration. La carrosserie a été restaurée par Peter Plunkett Automobile Services d'Oldham et le châssis par Steve Owen de Market Weighton, tandis que le moteur était refait par Bill Barrott de Beighton, près de Sheffield. Un compte-rendu photographique de la restauration de la carrosserie et des détails de la reconstruction du moteur figurent au dossier. Fiennes Engineering de Clanfield, dans l'Oxfordshire, révisa le différentiel et les freins arrière en 1999 et remplaça l'embrayage en 2003 (factures au dossier). En 2007, la Bentley fut à nouveau retirée de la circulation et inutilisée jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit restaurée par Ken Lea en 2011. Le rapport détaillé de l'histoire de la voiture de Ken Lea et de la restauration complète entreprise se trouve dans le dossier historique, avec les factures y afférant (lecture recommandée). Le coût total s'élève à 83 538 £. Plus récemment (en 2018) Frank Dale & Stepsons, grand spécialiste de la marque, effectua un entretien important incluant la révision des freins, le remplacement d'un pivot de fusée et des pneus neufs Blockley.

    Cette belle et unique Bentley Derby, élégamment carrossée dans une style Art Déco et connu sous le nom de « la Corinthienne ». B65BN fera à coup sûr tourner les têtes lors des célébrations du 100e anniversaire de la marque prévues cette année.
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B65BN
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