A most elegant and thoroughly well prepared sporting Bentley For Sale (1935)
According to the buff card log book which comes with it this superb car (which is on chassis B109EJ with engine F5BA) was first registered on 7th November 1935 at which time it was fitted with Park Ward saloon coachwork. Interestingly the customer listed in a copy of an original record in the file is “Olympia Motor Show 1935”.
An engineer’s condition report on the car dated July 1991 indicates that by then it was in a fairly unkempt state as it refers to items needing repair which include rear door windows and roof trim so I think it fair to assume it still had its original saloon body at that time.
I need to do some more research on the car but I do know that it was acquired in 2001 by a Mr. Carden of Aberdeenshire who had extensive mechanical work done on it including having the engine rebuilt with new pistons and a new alloy cylinder head – a full list of work done comes with the car.
He also had a new body made and he clearly knew what he was doing as he chose Geoff Henderson of Consett to do the job. Having known other examples of Geoff’s work I think I can safely say that his design work and coachbuilding skills must be amongst the best in the country.
The outcome must be one of the most elegant sporting Derby Bentleys you can buy – apart from having lovely light proportions there are no signs whatsoever of anything being skimped or done to save time. Aside from parts of the bonnet I don’t think there is a flat panel or an absolutely straight line anywhere on the car so it has none of that slab sided heavy handedness you can so often see on less well designed special bodied cars. There are lots of pictures on file of Geoff's work being done which help you appreciate the quality of the job.
The car was purchased by its current owner in March 2011 with a view to using it for long distance rallying. He is by nature a perfectionist so he sent it to top flight Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists Fiennes Restoration to have it totally checked over and any faults rectified. There are some fairly eye watering bills on file with lots of details of the work done but the objective was to have the car prepared properly and that has been achieved.
Due to unforeseen circumstances he is unable to continue rallying the car but he did say that it ran faultlessly on last years Rallye des Alpes and that it is without doubt the best car he has ever owned for that sort of continental driving.
It goes without saying that it drives every bit as well as it looks with strong performance, good steering and brakes and an excellent ride so you really can travel long distances in it. It has also been fitted with a Brantz Retrotrip 3 Classique Rallymeter and it has an FIVA identity card so it’s all ready for another discerning person to own and enjoy.
This top quality sporting Bentley is also very sensibly priced and offers very good value for money when compared with some other examples I have seen!
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