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1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Sunroof Coupe / B132LS Vehicle Information

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter
Sold for $330,000 at 2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA.
The Bentley 4.25 L was the second Bentley model produced after Rolls-Royce's acquisition of the Bentley Company. The 4.25L was a development of the early 3.5L and originally intended to supplement the smaller engined car. The cars were elegant and refined, and fitted with bodies from a wide variety of coachbuilders. The vast majority of the cars employed British bodies, though a few were exported and bodied by foreign coachbuilders.

This Sunroof Coupe was bodied by Vanvooren in Paris. It was ordered new by Lucie Vogt, the 27-year old daughter of a very wealthy French family that had made its fortune through a number of potassium mines. The car was ordered from French Rolls-Royce Bentley importers Franco-Britannique in 1937, specifying a sliding sunroof and no rear quarter windows so that her dogs would not be so frightened by the traffic.
During World War II, the car was hidden away and then sold to two Swiss owners. In 1957, it was imported to an American owner in Massachusetts, who sold the car to another Massachusetts resident in October of 1960, with whom it remained until 2004.

Vanvooren created just five examples of the fixed-head coupe Derby Bentleys (which includes both 3.5 L and 4.25 L models). It is believed that this example is the only one with unique so-called custode windows and sliding sunroof.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012


2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA

Sale Price :
USD $330,000

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: B-137-MX
Sold for USD$215,629
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
 
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B160 MR
Sold for USD$687,139
  2020 Gooding & Company : Passion of a Lifetime
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre All-weather Cabriolet
Chassis#: B-80-MR
Sold for USD$131,605
  2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
 
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ Liter Pillarless Coupe
Chassis#: B131MX
Sold for USD$199,360
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B-7-MX
Sold for USD$207,572
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1939 Bentley 4¼ Tourer Coachwork by Dick Brockman in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: B 136 MX
Sold for USD$197,120
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'Embiricos' Coupe Recreation by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: B119MX
Sold for USD$671,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER Coupe
Chassis#: B131MX
Sold for USD$172,700
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Coupe 'Honeymoon Express' by Park Ward
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for USD$770,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'RAZOR EDGE' BROUGHAM SALOON
Chassis#: B66LS
Sold for USD$71,314
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: B95LE
Sold for USD$383,419
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Coupé 'Honeymoon Express' by Park Ward
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for USD$769,440
  2015 RM Auctions - Paris
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Overdrive
Chassis#: B119MX
Sold for USD$472,051
  2013 Coys - Techno Classica
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'High Vision' Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B148MR
Sold for USD$76,095
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1939 Bentley Vanvooren Sunroof Coupe Custom Ordered from Bentley by Lucie Vogt
Chassis#: B132LS
Sold for USD$330,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Experimental Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: 3B50 11
Sold for USD$21,043
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre MX Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Sold for USD$73,729
  2012 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas Style Tourer
Chassis#: B164MR
Sold for USD$146,388
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Coupé décapotable
Chassis#: B105 MX
Sold for USD$328,778
  2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais
 
1939 Bentley 4.25-Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B76MR
Sold for USD$172,035
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE VANDEN PLAS-STYLE TOURERB-133-MX2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 1939) $150,000$200,000
1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre James Young Fixed Coupe 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre TourerB25MX2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $900,000$1,200,000
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Pillarless CoupeB131MX2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az. $250,000$325,000
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead CoupéB137MX2016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $200,000$250,000
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Touring SaloonB149MX2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Touring SaloonB149MX2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Experimental Saloon by Park Ward3B502012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre M-Series Sports SaloonB83MX2012 Bonhams Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars $85,000$100,000
1939 Bentley ¼ Litre MX Overdrive Drophead Coupe by Vanden PlasB191MX2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $150,000$175,000
1939 Bentley 4¼ LiterB102 MR2010 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'EleganceCollectors' Motorcars $80,000$100,000
1939 Bentley 4.25 Liter Pillarless Saloon 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $160,000$225,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: APN 107

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 138GA
Engine Num: K6BW
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis Num: B 49 GP
Engine Num: U 2 5K

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Airflow Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B118HK
Engine Num: K2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B29GP

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B44 HK
Engine Num: G8BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Barker Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B46 JD

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B57KU
Engine Num: Z6BM

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mann-Edgerton

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B 4 5HM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B-42-KT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 All-Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B1KU
Engine Num: U4BR

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Open Two-Seater
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Cockshoot

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Pourtout Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B-107-LE

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B106MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B29LE

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B77LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Embiricos Coupe
Chassis Num: B119MX
Engine Num: W9BC

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B131MX
Engine Num: U5BE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drophead Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B154MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drpohead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B157MX

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B30MR
Engine Num: C8BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B3MX
Engine Num: B7BN

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B91 MX

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter

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