1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter Derby Drophead Coupe Vehicle Profile

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

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Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
The Bentley 4 1/2 liter came into existence to fill a void left by the 3-liter and the 6.5-liter variants. The 3-liter suffered from underperformance while the 6.5-liter was unsafe for the roads. The 6.5-liter was powerful, and with poor road-conditions often caused tires to fail quickly. The solution was the Bentley 4.5-liter; a vehicle that had enough power to carry the vehicle down the road at a good pace. The chassis consists of channel-steel, front and rear suspension by semi-elliptic leaf springs, and 4-wheel drum brakes.

Production amounted to a total of 733 cars of all body styles. Fifty-four cars were equipped with the famous supercharged engine, 'Blower Bentleys,' built by the race driver Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin as a private venture - against W.O. Bentley's wishes.

A rare, 'Derby Bentley,' this lovely Cabriolet is one of 200 and has a coach-built body by the well-respected, Carlton company. For thiry years prior to the Silverstone's purchase, the President of the Rolls-Royce Club of America owned the car.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 1
2018 1
2017 2
2015 1
2013 4
2012 2
2010 2
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$78,547$78,5471
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 4¼ Litre Open Tourer
Sold for $78,547
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 L Coupé Vanvooren
Chassis#: B-132-LS
Sold for $341,040
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-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 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-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 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-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
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Bentley 4.25-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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: APN 107
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 138GA
Engine Num: K6BW
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis Num: B 49 GP
Engine Num: U 2 5K
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Airflow Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B118HK
Engine Num: K2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B29GP
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B44 HK
Engine Num: G8BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Barker Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B46 JD
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B57KU
Engine Num: Z6BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mann-Edgerton
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B 4 5HM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B-42-KT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 All-Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Open Two-Seater
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Cockshoot
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Pourtout Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B-107-LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B106MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B29LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B77LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Embiricos Coupe
Chassis Num: B119MX
Engine Num: W9BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B131MX
Engine Num: U5BE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Drophead Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B154MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Drpohead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B157MX
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B30MR
Engine Num: C8BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B3MX
Engine Num: B7BN
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B91 MX

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