1936 Bentley Derby,
Lot 510
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé Chassis no. B248GA Engine no. G3BB
Sold for £54,300 (US$ 88,670) inc. premium

Lot Details
1936 Bentley Derby, 1936 Bentley Derby, 1936 Bentley Derby, 1936 Bentley Derby, 1936 Bentley Derby,
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Park Ward (see text)

Registration no. CYL 418
Chassis no. B248GA
Engine no. G3BB

Footnotes

  • By the end of the 1930s the 'Derby' Bentley, introduced towards the beginning of that decade following the firm's take-over by Rolls-Royce, had undergone a number of significant developments, not the least of which was an increase in bore size in 1936 that upped the capacity to 4,257cc, a move that coincided with the adoption of superior Hall's Metal bearings. This new engine was shared with the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the 25/30hp - and as had been the case with the preceding 3½-Litre model, enjoyed a superior specification in Bentley form, boasting twin SU carburettors, raised compression ratio and a more 'sporting' camshaft. Thus the new 4¼-Litre model offered more power than before while retaining the well-proven chassis with its faultless gear-change and servo-assisted brakes. It was the construction of modern highways in Continental Europe, enabling cars to travel at sustained high speeds, that had prompted the introduction of the Hall's Metal bearings and would lead eventually to the adoption of on an 'overdrive' gearbox and improved lubrication system on Bentley's peerless Grand Routier, improvements which coincided with the introduction of the 'M'-series cars in 1939.
    The Derby Bentley was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile. Of the 2,442 manufactured, almost 50 percent were bodied by Park Ward in a limited number of styles, and this particular example was originally completed as a saloon by the respected London-based firm. Chassis number 'B248GA' was originally ordered by a Mr R E Brandt of London W1 and delivered to Park Ward's Willesden works on 1st May 1936. The car was first registered on 8th June that same year.
    Its current owners acquired the Bentley in 1989 and immediately commenced an extensive programme of restoration. In the course of the rebuild the car was converted to its current three-position drophead coupé configuration by Bob Wright (a retired Vanden Plas craftsman), the engine totally rebuilt by George Noyce, and the interior re-trimmed in Connolly hide with new hood and tonneau cover. Overseen by Ian McKinnell, the project was completed in 1991, since when the car has been in regular use since September 2001. Finished in British Racing Green/black with beige leather interior, 'CYL 418' is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with old-style continuation logbook (1960-1976); sundry invoices relating to its restoration and other service/maintenance bills dating from 1945-1956; current road fund licence; MoT to November 2010; and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • There are Service Instructions dating from 1945 present with this vehicle, rather than service bills as stated in the catalogue.
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