1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO

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Lot 461
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Park Ward Registration no. CG 9065 Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO

Sold for £ 81,000 (US$ 102,324) inc. premium
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Park Ward

Registration no. CG 9065
Chassis no. B115BL
Engine no. N4BO
Odometer reading: TBC
MOT: Exempt


*Present ownership since 1968
*Known ownership history from new
*An older (1990s) restoration by Fiennes


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Footnotes

  • The current vendor purchased this 3½-Litre Derby Bentley in October 1968, his name being recorded in the '3rd Change' section of the accompanying old-style buff logbook. Issued in 1959, the logbook also records a change of engine from the original 'T5BH' to 'N4BO' in August 1961. Interestingly, 'B115BL' was originally scheduled for bodying as a saloon by Vanden Plas, as indicated on the copy build sheets on file. The original customer was Bradley Mathew & Son, who ordered the Bentley for the use of one W Price Esq. The vendor has researched the car's ownership history extensively, and a list of all its registered owners is on file.

    The Bentley was fully restored by Fiennes some 20 years ago, the whole process extending from June 1991 to October 1993, while the trimming (by Parrish Trimmers) was completed in 1994. The restoration file is around an inch thick and includes the workshop log, all invoices, and miscellaneous correspondence. The car also comes with a 3½-Litre Instruction Book (from 'B150CR'); a modern reproduction of the Service Instructions for Bentley Cars Vol. I (dated 1967); a second, 'leaning back Flying B' radiator cap; and an almost complete set of tools to include a starting handle (probably original); a jack (again probably original: it includes the long part of the handle to turn the jack mechanism, but does not have the actual T-Bar to turn it); and numerous smaller tools of Bentley or Rolls-Royce manufacture (plus a few replicas).

    Vendor Score Total: 89 /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: 23 /25
    Body Work: 4
    Paint: 4
    Glass: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Wheels/Tyres: 5

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Axles: 4
    Suspension: 4
    Brakes: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Seats: 5
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
    Headlining: 5
    Trim: 5

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8 /10
    Main components: 4
    Ancillary components: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 17 /20
    Starting: 5
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 4

    Car History File: 5
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1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. B115BL Engine no. N4BO
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