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1937 Bentley 4 1/4 VDP Sports Saloon with interesting history For Sale

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  • £64,950 As stated
  • 1937
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Price £64,950 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bentley
Model 4 1/4 litre
  4 1/4 Vanden Plas Saloon
Year 1937
Mileage 146,428 miles
Country UK
Region Channel Islands
Telephone 08000 549575
Status Trade
Date 04-May-2020
Ref C1166254
Following the acquisition of Bentley Motors by Rolls Royce, the manufacturing of the new range of Rolls Royce designed Bentleys took place at the Rolls-Royce Derby works, hence the term ‘Derby Bentley’ describing the 1930’s built cars, the Derby Bentley soon established itself with the wealthy and famous during this golden era of British Motor car design. Today it is not very common to come across a car being once owned by a former lady Brooklands racing driver, a member of the aristocracy and captains of industry, this is such as car.

Supplied by Jack Barclay to the order of former Brooklands racing motorist Miss Daisy Addis-Price in February 1937, first registered as CPX 125, this Vanden Plas pillarless sports saloon body number 3251 was delivered in Amaranth Red, with a gold stripe and contrasting grey leather interior. Monogrammed doors and suitcases, and a special compartment in the dash board for cigarettes were part of the order specification.

In 1938 the Bentley passed to the Marchioness of Carisbrooke in 1938, residing at Kensington Palace,. Following the pre war sale by the Marchioness, CPX 125 moved to Birmingham where it was owned by Mr E.C. Witt of Swallow Raincoats Ltd, who went on to produce uniforms and raincoats for the Army Forces during WW2, becoming a well known manufacturer of rainwear in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In the early 1950’s CPX125 moved to Sheffield to be owned by WR Swann and Company manufacturers of razor blades, scalpels, under whose ownership the car was mechanically refurbished by Rolls Royce in October 1954. During the period of 1937 to 1954 and after, the ownership of CPX 125 was registered with Bentley until the 1960’s, copies of the ownership & service notes are in the history file.

By 1954 the Bentley had covered 72653 miles and underwent a £1000+ engine overhaul at Bentley Motors, at the same time the car underwent bodywork and a evidently a colour change to black by TF Ford & Sons at a cost of £296. CPX moved to the USA in the 1960’s where it was kept in the collection of Mr George Vernon Russell until it returned to the UK in 1989, during the car’s sojourn in the USA it underwent a very detailed restoration under Mr Russell’s ownership, the colour being changed to British Racing Green with black leather upholstery, the detail of the restoration is held within a sperate history file specific to the work carried out. In the following years the CPX moved to Jersey in 1991, and then on to Guernsey where it has remained in the same ownership since March 2002, where is has been used for Club events and European tours.

In good overall condition having been restored in the 1980’s, the condition is commensurate with use, CPX 125 is suited to being used and enjoyed as it is with scope to improve the paint & coachwork, providing a very reasonable entry for a pre war car to BDC or Motoring Club events. Alternately, bearing is mind the early history of the car the next owner may wish to consider a light restoration, with a return to the original colour of Amaranth Red, with a gold stripe and contrasting grey leather interior, in keeping with the original Jack Barclay order to Vanden Plas.

The pillarless saloon Vanden Plas coachwork has mellowed over the years, and presents well for a car restored forty years ago, there are small improvements to be made to the paintwork which is now pleasantly patinated. The interior was retrimmed in black leather when restored and is strong condition with no rips or tears. The car has a factory fitted sunroof from new, and is complete with the fitted tool kit in the boot compartment.

CPX 125 has been continuously maintained over the years, and has detailed history file, it also appears that the engine has been changed at some time in the car’s life, quite possibly in 1954 at the factory, however there no records of an engine exchange only sums expended in excess of £1000 in 1954, however the engine presently in the car is of the same specification and period.


A very detailed history file confirms the ownership history together with the Jack Barclay order signed by Miss Daisy Addis-Price with the Vanden Plas specification and original documentation.

Additional Ownership Notes

1,Daisy Bertha Addis-Price (c1891-1950)
c.1891 Born in Kensington the daughter of Henry Addis Price and his wife Caroline
1911 Living at Exalls, Carlton Road, Horsell, Woking: Henry Addis Price (age 59 born King's Caple, Hereford.), Gas Stove Maker, Iron Founder - Employer. With his wife Caroline Addis Price (age 57 born Agra, India - British subject) and their daughter Daisy Bertha Addis Price (age 20 born Kensington). Two servants.
1913 June. Motor Accident resulting in the death of motor-cyclist Frank Bentley Eustace. 'Daisy Bertha Addis Price said she lived at Exalls Horsell, Woking. She was automobile expert, and had driven a car for two years. On Monday she was driving a 45 h.p. Mercedes car from London to Oxford and then to Weybridge. She was accompanied by her mother, who was sitting behind, and the chauffeur, who was sitting by witness’s side....
1914 Lady demonstrator for Morris-Oxford cars handled by Stewart and Ardern
1914 Ran a driving school
1920s Raced a Douglas car at Brooklands
1923 Inherits from her uncle Charles Dundas Price, managing director of Baines and Whitmore, Wholesale grocers and provision merchants.]
1950 Died. 'The death took place on Monday at her residence, Pux Holt, Crossbush Road, Felpham, of Miss Daisy Bertha Addis-Price, at the age of 58. Miss Addis-Price came to live at Felpham in 1928 and was a very generous supporter of all village activities. Her father, mother and elder brother all pre-deceased her. Cremation took place at Woking yesterday, the funeral service being held at St. Mary's, Felpham.' ' It should be recorded that at one time Miss Addis-Price was a racing motorist at Brookland’s' . Motorsport reported that Miss Addis-Price left estate valued at £105,000 and her Cadillac to her chauffeur.

2. Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke

Irene Frances Adza Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke, GBE, DStJ (née Denison; 4 July 1890 – 16 July 1956) was born in London, England, the daughter of William Francis Henry Denison, 2nd Earl of Londesborough, and Lady Grace Adelaide (daughter of Francis Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland).

She married Alexander, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke, son of Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, on 19 July 1917 at St. James's Palace, Chapel Royal, St. James's, London. From the day of her marriage, her married name became Mountbatten, and she was styled as the Marchioness of Carisbrooke.

Lady Irene and Alexander, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke had one child:
Lady Iris Victoria Beatrice Grace Mountbatten (13 January 1920 – 1 September 1982)

Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke, 1925, by Glyn Philpot
She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) and invested as a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (DStJ). In Spain, she was invested as a Dame of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa.[1]

She succeeded Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom as President of the Frank James Memorial Hospital at East Cowes in 1946, carrying on the role until it was taken over by the National Health Service in 1948.

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