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Lot 259: Bentley 3 Litre Special Roadster

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

Introduced in September 1933, the 3 litre was the first Bentley after Rolls-Royce's acquisition of Bentley Motors in 1931. Bentley only supplied the chassis, scuttle, radiator and grill while the customers chose their own coachbuilder to construct a body to their own requirements. Many distributors had coachworks of their choice pre built for immediate sale. The Bentleys of this era are known as Derby Bentleys as they were built in the Rolls-Royce factory situated in Derby, England. This lovely example of the 'Silent Sports Car', the famous Derby Bentley 3 litre, chassis number B82EF, was delivered from the factory to coachbuilders Park Ward in May 1935 where it was fitted with a four-door, four-light, streamline saloon body and subsequently delivered in July of that year to the first owner, a Mr G. Sharp. This is confirmed within the well known reference book, Derby Built Bentleys by Bernard L. King, which also states that this car became a Peel Iron Works Tourer which we may assume is the current all aluminium touring coachwork that is fitted today. The engine, number, U6BJ, is the original supplied unit as confirmed by the factory build sheet that resides within the extensive history file. The history is known from 1935 to 1956 when a gap appears until it picks up in 1967 to the present day. The file shows extensive works that includes evidence of a full engine rebuild in 1974. This Bentley subsequently spent 13 years on Jersey where it was well known within the Jersey Old Motor Club. The current owner acquired the Bentley and repatriated it onto the UK mainland in 2001. At this time it was fitted with separate cycle wings. The present owner then re-styled the wing as a more integrated unit together with the running boards, work that was carried out by marque specialists, Classic Restorations of Alyth, members of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Specialist Association. Magnificent in Jaguar Pacific Blue, this four seat tourer sports a contrasting black leather interior. A hood frame with unused hood accompany the car but have never been used; the owner preferring to rely on the full tonneau cover. This Derby Bentley has been enjoyed and improved in the current ownership as is shown by the file of receipts for works carried out. Offered 'on the button' and driving well and ready to use, the engine remains whisper quiet, ticking over comfortably at 600rpm and pulls away sweetly. We are advised that a new Mot certificate and current road fund licence will accompany the car to the sale. This is a most elegant interpretation of the Derby Bentley with lovely patina and a tremendous presence.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
Lot Number259
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£57120
Condition rating
Registration numberBYK 885
Chassis numberB-82-EF
Engine numberU6BJ
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2