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Lot 235: Bentley Derby Bentley Saloon Body by Park Ward

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Park Ward was a British coachbuilder founded by William M. Park and Charles W. Ward in 1919 who had worked together at F.W. Berwick Ltd., the makers of Sizaire-Berwick cars. The company was based in Willesden, North London. After producing bodies for a variety of cars in the early 1920's, Park Ward became particularly associated with Bentley. In 1922 they were asked by Rolls-Royce to take part in a scheme to make standard bodies for the small Twenty model but, although the project was abandoned, they did start to build bespoke bodies for Rolls-Royce customers exhibiting a 40-50 model at the British Empire exhibition in 1924. From the mid-1920's, the company started to concentrate on Bentley and Rolls-Royce models. In 1933 Rolls-Royce bought a stake in the company and after the Rolls-Royce takeover of Bentley, Park Ward became the first choice of coachwork supplier to Bentley customers. All-steel bodies were introduced in 1936 alongside the traditional metal on wood frame coachwork. Rolls-Royce acquired the rest of the shares in 1939 and Park Ward became a wholly owned subsidiary. After World War II Park Ward continued to produce special coachwork and the all-steel technology was used by Rolls-Royce to produce a standard body range on its cars starting with the Bentley Mark VI. This aluminium Park Ward saloon body was originally fitted to chassis number B104EF, registration number CPK411, which was first supplied to Capt. V.G. Lloyd. In the late 1990's the body was removed from the chassis which was restored and a two seat sports body fitted. It was then regularly used by the vendor for club racing, and could also be seen at the Bentley Drivers Club annual race day at Silverstone. This aluminium saloon body is supplied complete with all four wings and both running boards and is ready to be fitted straight onto a Derby Bentley chassis. With such costs involved currently to produce an ash frame and then skin it with aluminium, this is the perfect opportunity to purchase, for a fraction of the cost, a readymade saloon body ideal for replacing coachwork which is completely beyond repair.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number235
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£896
Year1935
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Chassis number894
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