*** Under Offer *** I first knew of this car whilst lunching with my chum, Ivor Silverstone
We used to occasionally lock swords when buying or selling cars together - he would also chuckle as we got nearer to the conclusion of our deal. Often he would scribble an outline of the car we were discussing on the knapkin at the restuarant - he was always useful with a pen
Ivor was a formidable gentleman, very tall and had many stories to tell (he opened the Val Bonne nightclub off Regent Street in the 60's for instance) and he had an fabulous eye for coachbuilt Bentley's and restored many - some of which we sold through the portals of Jack Barclay, as we did with this Derby
I recall a Speed Six, which was just gigantic and then followed a very graceful James Young open tourer, in duck egg blue
Here, his knowledge for pre-war cars was encyclopaedic and his 'eye' for beauty and art made his restorations a cut above of the norm
The Sedanca here offered, was another of his sensational creations - the Sage Green bodywork complimented with beige for the interior making the flowing lines even more beautiful than the normal dark blue or even black often seen
Cranfield (those who know, know) were entrusted for this restoration, just as Ivor had used them before and the quality of their work can be seen here in the showrooms
J Gurney Nutting were acknowledged as one of the best Coachbuilders pre-war, they were Royal Warrant holders with orders being placed by a number of members of the British Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) the Duke of York (later King George VI) and the Duke of Kent
The Owen Sedanca Coupe was possibly their most stylish and covetable of designs
Ivor and I added a few details, like the windscreen mounted driving lamp and generally finished off the works before displaying her in the central window of the showrooms in Berkeley Square
We soon found a new home for her, where she was transported to the new owners holiday home in the South of France
We purchased her for a second time in 2000, when she was sent to another holiday home abroad in the sunshine
In 2008 our friends at P & A Wood offered her for sale and the last owner purchased her from them at that time
Not having seen her for 17 years I can confirm that she is still running beautifully and looking as graceful as any Hollywood star in period we could name
One of the few special cars and we feel lucky to be part of her life again
During the late 1920s and early 1930s Bentley ran into grave financial trouble and by 1931 Rolls-Royce had stepped in and bought the assets and goodwill of the defunct company and formed a new one, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. Rolls-Royce had considered the Bentley marque to be a growing threat to their .....
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe: Perhaps one of the finest in existence
Coachwork by Park Ward
An absolutely stunning and meticulously restored Derby Bentley, this striking 3 1/2 Litre Park Ward Drophead Coupe is as captivating as a fine piece of jewelry .....
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe: All aluminum coachwork by Park Ward
This absolutely wonderful 1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe RHD with all aluminum coachwork by Park Ward has been in Southern California and the dry southwest since 1961. Maroon with black interior, the older restoration .....
B168 EF is a stunning drophead coupé with original Barker coachwork. It is understood to be one of just three bodies built by Barker of this design to fit the Derby Bentley chassis specification. This 3 ½ litre model was the first model produced by Rolls-Royce following their acquisition of the Bentley .....
The 3½ Litre was presented to the public in September 1933, shortly after the death of Henry Royce, and was the first new Bentley model following Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of the Bentley brand in 1931.
From the outset, the car was intended to compete on quality and grace rather than sporting reputation .....
BENTLEY 3 1/2 LITRE 3 POSITION DHC
Presented in Black with contrasting Red leather. History portfolio including her original log book and order when new, Full hood side screens, badge bar.
This delightful 3 Position Drophead Coupe was delivered in time for Christmas 1934 to her first titled owners .....
by Sargeants of Goudhurst.
Black with Dark Red hide upholstery. Exceptionally well designed and built to the highest standards. Very attractive coachwork and in excellent condition throughout. Ready to use and enjoy.
The proposed model is an exceptional Bentley Derby 3 liters 1/2, carrying the B85 AE frame number. Its design is quite unique.
The frame B85 AE was delivered at Park Ward in 1933, and acquired by its first owner on Marth 2, 1934. One year later, due to the death of the first owner, the second buyer .....
- A highly original 'Derby' Bentley fitted with early Vanden Plas Touring body
- Body ordered by Major Chandler at a cost of £217 10s and delivered in June 1935
- Accompanied by full weather equipment, tonneau & covered spare wheel carrier
- An extensive service has just been undertaken by Frank .....
A good, honest and sound example, correct and original, with excellent door fits, etc, and sporting a lovely set of brightwork to the front, including very nice P100S headlights and Lucas 'Alto' horns. The paintwork is showing its age and perhaps needs some attention but on the other hand the car presents .....