1930 Bentley 4.5-liter Tourer / PB3549 Vehicle Information

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter photograph

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Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: PB3549
Engine #: PB3539
Registration #: ES 1101
Sold for $665,500 at 2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl.
Shortly after introducing the 4 1/2 Liter, Bentley put it to use in competition. The Bentley Boys quickly earned LeMans and Grand Prix finishes and victories. It was proven in record runs and at various sporting events. Although the Speed Six was the true victor at Le Mans for Bentley, it was race car driver Tim Birkin's admiration and respect for the 4 1/2-Liter that led to the development of the Blower.

This example was delivered new on April 14th of 1930 to Sir James Wilson Bart of Callander, Perthshire, Scotland. It received coachwork from A.C. Penman & Co. and it now represents the sole W.O. Bentley to be clothed by the Dumfries-based company. The bodystyle was described as Saloon but is believed to have had a bolt-on top section which, when removed, formed an open tourer. The car was equipped with chromium-plated hardware, a C-Type gearbox and double-spoked wheels.

Sir James remained the car's caretaker through 1945, when Alexander Archibald became its second registered owner. Mr. Archibald kept the Bentley for several years before selling it to Ivor McAdam, who sold the car to Leonard Potter in 1948. In 1950, it was purchased by Londoner J.B. Chadwick. Mr. Chadwick kept the car until 1972 when Arthur H. Cocks of Cornwall, England, acquired the car.

By the early 1970s, the car was beginning to show its age and the A.C. Penman coachwork was in need of repair. No drawings or specifications were available as a guide for rebuilding the coachwork. So Mr. Cocks decided to build a new body in the style of a period Tourer by Vanden Plas.

In 1982, the Bentley was sold to Mr. R. Cutler of Staffordshire, England, who kept it for just a few years before passing it on to Stanley Mann of Edgware, England, in 1985. A year later, it traveled across the Atlnatic and into the care of New Englander, Armand Zildjian, president of the Zildjian Cymbal Company. Mr. Zildjian upgraded the Bentley with Le Mans-type cycle fenders, installed a pair of Brookslands-style aeroscreens and re-trimmed the interior.

In 2002, the car was acquired by its current owner. The 4398cc SOHC inline 4-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and dual SU carburetors. It produces approximately 110 horsepower. There is a 4-speed C-Type gearbox and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island sale presented by Gooding & Company. It was estimated to sell for $650,000 - $850,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $665,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012


2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$650,000-$850,000 
Sale Price :
$665,500

1930 Bentley 4.5-liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Victor Broom
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3348
Engine Num: UK 3276
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Two-Seat Sports
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Offset Single Seater
Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: RC2209
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Le Mans Boattail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Two-Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933


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