1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter Drophead Coupe / B92LS Chassis Information

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter photograph

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Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG
Sold for $341,000 at 2013 RM Sothebys.
This 1938 Bentley 4.25 was bodied by H.J. Mulliner and features a unique one-off disappearing top. The car was initially sold by the famous Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealer Jack Barclay of London, England. Their emblem remains attached to the front bumper.

This car is believed to have participated in the 1939 Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Brighton Rally and is featured in Johnnie Green's book 'BENTLEY Fifty Years of the Marque.'

Only 2,141 4.25 W.O Bentleys were designed and manufactured. They were constructed between March of 1936 and May of 1939.
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG
Sold for $341,000 at 2013 RM Sothebys.
The 4¼-Litre was the second Bentley-badged model, produced after Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley Motors in 1931. The first was the 3½-Litre, which shared many components with the Rolls-Royce 20/25. As roadways improved, it became clear that a more powerful version of the 3.5-liter would be needed for reliable, day-long, high-speed touring. The company considered supercharging the 3.5-liter model, but bench-testing proved disappointing. Bearings wore out quickly, and torque delivery was inconsistent. Instead, the company focused their efforts on increasing engine capacity. Bore size increased from 3¼ inches to 3½ inches resulting in a 4,257-cubice centimeter engine. Bearings were upgraded from 'white metal' to a new aluminum/tin alloy for the main and big ends. Larger valves, a larger oil sump, bigger carburetors, and longer air silencers were also fitted to the new 4¼-liter engine.

The engine was offered as an option on the last series 3½-Litre Bentleys. By 1936, the GA-series 4¼-Litre car was launched. The speed-related hydraulic damping system, introduced with the 4¼, provided a more stable ride and crisper handling.

Chassis B92LS
The original owner of this car specified Dunlop tires and that the car was to be built for 'UK Town and Touring' use. The body style is a disappearing top, drophead coupe that was designed and built by H.J. Mulliner and given the term 'concealed head.' This car is one of one hundred and two 4¼-Litre Bentley chassis bodied by the firm. Most were saloons with about 15 being drophead coupes. It is not clear how many of those 15 were built with the concealed head design.

The first owner of this car was Ernest Taylor who took delivery in Guildford, Surrey, in 1937. It was later sold to Paul Jameson, who kept it in England until 1970, when it was exported to the U.S. and sold to William Sherman, in Jamestown, New York. The car remained with Mr. Sherman until 1975 when U.S. Coast Guard Captain John Faigle, of Governor's Island, New York, bought it.

The car has since been treated to a restoration resulting in a class award at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014

Chassis# B92LS

2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
Sale Price : $341,000

Analysis

Chassis number B92LS Auction Sales History
2013$341,000

2018 1
2017 2
2015 1
2013 4
2012 2
2010 2
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$341,040$341,0401
2017$147,083$181,1762
2015$146,259$146,2591
2013$182,461$341,0004
2012$179,101$213,1362
2010$186,194$234,8882
2008$235,842$235,8421
2006$86,278$86,2781

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 L Coupé Vanvooren
Chassis#: B-132-LS
Sold for $341,040
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Sportsman's Coupe by De Villars
Chassis#: B8MR
Sold for $181,176
  2017 Coys : Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1938 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE MR OVERDRIVE
Chassis#: B28MR
Sold for $112,990
  2017 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1938 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'HIGH VISION' COUPÉ
Chassis#: B83LE
Sold for $146,259
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B145KU
Sold for $58,626
  2013 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre Concealed Head Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: B92LS
Sold for $341,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'High Vision' Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B28MR
Sold for $104,716
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: B137LE
Sold for $225,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4 ¼ litre
Chassis#: B125LE
Sold for $213,136
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B199LE
Sold for $145,066
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B125LE
Sold for $234,888
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre All-Weather Cabriolet
Sold for $137,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1938 Bentley 4¼ litre MX Vanden Plus Open Tourer
Chassis#: B117MX
Sold for $235,842
  2008 Coys Auction -Brands Hatch
 
1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Brougham Semi Razor Edge Saloon
Chassis#: B162 KT
Sold for $86,278
  2006 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

No Sale

1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre James Young Sedanca CoupeB72MR2017 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford $180,000$220,000
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Coupe by De VillarsLotB-8-MR2015 Silverstone Auction Classic Sale $115,000$135,000
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre Sports SaloonB145KU2014 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Drop Head CoupeB153LE2012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $150,000$250,000
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre CoupeB8MR2011 Bonhams The December Sale $80,000$100,000
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Fixed Head Coupe 2010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $250,000$325,000
1938 Bentley 4 ¼-Liter Derby SpecialB183KU2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $40,000$50,000
1938 Bentley 4 ¼-Liter Derby SpecialB183KU2005 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia $40,000$50,000
1938 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITER CABRIOLET 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $140,000$170,000

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