1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK

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Lot 120
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car
Coachwork by Park Ward Registration no. CMF 433 Chassis no. B163DK

Sold for £ 24,750 (US$ 34,185) inc. premium
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car
Coachwork by Park Ward

Registration no. CMF 433
Chassis no. B163DK
Odometer reading: N/A
MOT Expiry: N/A

*Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car
*Extensive history file
*Solid bodywork
*Original interior


The Bentley 3½-litre was the first new Bentley to be produced following the acquisition of the company by Rolls-Royce in 1931. The car gets its name from the 3½-litre straight-six that was co-developed for the Rolls-Royce 20/25. Only 1,177 3½-litres were built in total, with approximately half of the cars being coach built by Park Ward – as is this example.

Supplied new via Aston Martin Works Feltham to John Meeson of Hertfordshire, this 1935 Bentley 3½-litre Saloon presents itself as a unique project opportunity. Purchased by the sadly now deceased vendor in 1969, the car has a plethora of history including bills for its continued maintenance and use throughout the 1970s, chassis copy cards, buff logbook, current V5C, and Bentley handbook. The history of the car is well documented however the ownership between Meeson and the vendor's family is unknown. The car also comes with various technical articles relating to Bentley. Taken off the road in 1996 following a piston seizure, the engine is now dismantled and comes with the car. The crank case, cylinder head, sump, carburettors and other ancillaries accompany the lot – the cylinder block is however absent. The body is structurally sound, with all the doors opening and closing well. The paintwork is older, brush applied, and in poor order. Non-standard sunroof fitted. Original brown leather interior trim in good, sound, un-ripped condition. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a historic Bentley project.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 43/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 13/25
    Body Work: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Glass: 3
    Paint: 1
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 5/20
    Mechanical components: 2
    Running: 1
    Starting: 1
    Under Bonnet: 1

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 8/20
    Axles: 2
    Brakes: 2
    Gearbox/Clutch: 2
    Suspension: 2

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 2/10
    Ancillary components: 1
    Main components: 1

    Car History File: 3

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot does come with a cylinder block.
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1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Saloon project car  Chassis no. B163DK
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