Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175
Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031
Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692
Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Two-Seat Sports
Coachwork: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
The new 4.5-liter Bentley arrived on the scene in late-1927 following the prototype's debut at that year's LeMans race, where it set a new lap record. It was the successor to the 3-liter using features of the original 4-cylinder engine as well as some from the later 6-cylinder engine on which development had begun in 1925. The 4.5-liter was brought about by the need for greater power and speed that was required for Bentley to ensure competitive supremacy.

The engine quickly proved its mettle with an outright LeMans win in the 1928 and subsequent Brooklands competition success. During the production run from 1927 until the takeover by Rolls-Royce in 1931, few modifications to the engine were deemed necessary attesting to its overall excellent design. In standard Vanden Plas tourer form, the 4-liter Bentley was good for 92 mph; in LeMans trim, 120 mph was possible - quite remarkable for the era. Bentley built a total of 665 units during the model's lifespan.

This Bentley 4.5-Liter Two-Seat Sports was ordered as a semi-LeMans chassis. It was a special order with 'LeMans Style' constructed with a large 25-gallon fuel tank, extended bonnet, spring-loaded bonnet strap, stone guard radiator, inboard foot-brake adjustment, adjustable Andre shock absorbers, a low-mounted spare and P100 headlamps with stone guards. It was fitted with a 'British Flexible' Harrison sports two-seat body with a fold-flat wind-screen. The new owner took delivery of the car in August of 1929. The purchaser was J.H. Hanley.

In 1930, ownership passed to LH.W. Preston, who used the car in New York for a period of months in 1931. It was purchased by Harecourt Smith in 1933. It was apparently sold in 1939. It is believed that during this period, the rear of the body was opened to accommodate another seat.

In 1947, the car was in the care of D.J. Garsten and purchased a year later by R. Elton. That same year, the car was involved in an accident. The driver's side of the car apparently collided with a truck and the axles, fenders and coachwork were seriously impacted. In 1949, Mr. Elton commissioned a professional rebuild of the car with NOS items. At that time, the car was re-registered HBY 625.

After the work was completed, Mr. Elton retained the car for another six years before selling to C.A. West in 1955. Seven years later, it was sold to M.A. Roberts of New Jersey. While in his care, the car was restored to its original trans-American record attempt configuration. The original owner had attempted a trans-American record attempt after acquiring the vehicle, but the treacherous and impassible roads of the era made it difficult. The car made it across Iowa, but in Wyoming or Colorado, just before the Great Divide, trouble struck. A supposed blizzard ended the trek when the sump was damaged.

In 1984, the car was sold to the current owner. In 2001, the car received a Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, First Place and Best of Show at the RROC National Meet in Calgary, Senior and Premier 100 points at CCCA events, and a Senior award, Senior Grand National award and the S.F. Edge Trophy in AACA competition.

In 2011, at the Pebble Beach, CA auction presented by Gooding & Company, the car was estimated to sell for $1,000,000 - $1,400,000. It would leave the auction unsold after its reserve was not met.

Chassis# DS3568

2015 RM Sotheby's London Auction
Lot was not sold
2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
Estimated Value:$1,000,000-$1,400,000 
Lot was not sold

Analysis

Chassis number DS3568 Auction Sales History
2011Pre-Sale Estimates: $1,000,000 - $1,400,000

2016 1
2015 3
2013 3
2012 5
2011 1
2009 1
2008 1
2005 3
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$451,385$451,3851
2015$863,622$1,073,0783
2013$778,978$1,045,4283
2012$2,257,632$7,906,7455
2011$671,000$671,0001
2009$722,000$722,0001
2008$880,000$880,0001
2005$546,258$714,9153
2004$209,021$209,0211

Recent Sales

1929 BENTLEY 4½-LITRE TOURER
Chassis#:Chassis#:DS3551
Sold for $451,385
  2016 Bonhams - Goodwood Members' Meeting
 
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:MR 3399
Sold for $1,007,788
  2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale
 
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:PB3527
Sold for $1,073,078
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1929 Bentley 4.5 litre Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#:Chassis#:FB3322
Sold for $510,000
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1929 Bentley Supercharged 4 ½ Litre Original two-seater
Sold for $1,045,428
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#:Chassis#:vC57S119374
Sold for $785,996
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:FB3324
Sold for $505,510
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1929-31 4½-Litre Supercharged 'Blower' Bentley Single-Seater
Chassis#:HB 3402
Sold for $7,906,745
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
    
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Four-Seat Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:NX 3452
Sold for $740,096
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1929 Bentley 4 ½ litre Vanden Plas style Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:RL3441
Sold for $465,271
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre VdP Tourer Model by Sapor Modelltechnik
Sold for $31,050
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer
Chassis#:KL3584
Sold for $2,145,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
    
1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#:FB3317
Sold for $671,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
    
1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Supercharged Birkin Team Car Specification Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:DS 3569
Sold for $722,000
  2009 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club
 
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:XF3505
Sold for $880,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 litre Supercharged Birkin Team Car Specification Four Seater
Chassis#:Chassis#:DS 3569
Sold for $714,915
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
 
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 litre Le Mans Sports Four Seater
Chassis#:Chassis#:NX 3451
Sold for $698,860
  2005 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models
 
1929 Bentley 4.5 L Le Mans Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:DS3553
Sold for $225,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1929 Bentley 4½-litre Two-Seater Drophead Coupe
Chassis#:Chassis#:AB3373
Sold for $209,021
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Revival
 

No Sale

1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer by CadoganDS35702015 RM Sotheby's London Auction   
1929 BENTLEY 4½-LITRE SPORTS BLUEBELLRL34392014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $480,000$560,000
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer by Vanden PlasNX34672014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$1,150,000  
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Open Tourer by Vanden PlasFB33172013 RM Auctions VILLA ERBA$490,000  
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre TourerFB33242013 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $350,000$400,000
1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé with DickeyHB34052011 Bonhams The December Sale $400,000$450,000
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Two-Seat SportsDS35682011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $1,000,000$1,400,000
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open TourerDS35612008 Automobiles of London$175,000$275,000$325,000
1929 BENTLEY 4 1/2 LITER DROPHEAD COUPE 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $260,000$300,000

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