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1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter

Chassis number : B 49 GP

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Sold for $104,500 at 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction.
The Derby Bentley was introduced towards the beginning of the 1930s and by the end of that decade had received a number of significant developments. In 1936 it had received an increase in bore size upping the capacity to 4257cc. This new engine was shared with the equivalent Rolls-Royce (the 25/30hp), and given twin SU carburetors, a raised compression ratio and a more sporting camshaft. The 4¼-Liter model offered more power than before while retaining the modern chassis, proven gear-change and servo-assisted brakes.

The Derby Bentley was an exclusive, coachbuilt automotive with just 2,442 examples manufactured with nearly 50 percent of those receiving coachwork from Park Ward.

This particular example was delivered new by Pass and Joyce to H.C. Bradley of Wolverhampton as a Park Ward Saloon, bearing registration number DRF700. At some point in the 1950s the Park Ward saloon coachwork was replaced with the Vanden Plas style tourer body which it wears today. Produced by noted coachbuilders Horsfield of Halifax, the body was formed from aluminum and given four razor-edge cycle fenders. The car was used regularly in England until 1984 when it was acquired by a New Hampshire based collector. The Bentley lived in the same New Hampshire ownership until just recently.

Currently, the car is in good running order with an older restoration. The engine is a 4257cc 6-cylinder overhead valve unit fitted with twin SU side-draft carburetors. There is a 4-speed synchromesh transmission and 4-wheel Servo Boosted mechanical brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015

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2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $95,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $104,500

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 4¼ Liter

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Bentley 4 1/4-Litre Airflow Saloon
Chassis#: B118HK
Sold for USD$198,240
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé by Park Ward
Chassis#: B112HK
Sold for USD$147,338
  2019 RM Sothebys : London
 
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Saloon
Sold for USD$42,900
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: B138GA
Sold for USD$417,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B189GP
Sold for USD$36,960
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ LITER AIRFLOW SALOON
Chassis#: B118HK
Sold for USD$190,400
  2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Cabriolet Coachwork by Jean Antem
Chassis#: B260GA
Sold for USD$466,834
  2018 Bonhams : Zoute Sale
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B170HK
Sold for USD$116,458
  2017 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Airflow Saloon by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: B118HK
Sold for USD$165,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B260GA
Sold for USD$352,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B130GA
Sold for USD$74,499
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER TOURER
Chassis#: B 138GA
Sold for USD$660,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Racing Two-Seater
Chassis#: B186HK
Sold for USD$143,220
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'OWEN' SEDANCA COUPÉ
Chassis#: B171HM
Sold for USD$180,139
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER TOURER
Chassis#: B 49 GP
Sold for USD$104,500
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4.25 Litre Special
Chassis#: B46GA
Sold for USD$164,941
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Sold for USD$100,000
  2012 Coy - True Greats
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B58GA
Sold for USD$21,508
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Four-Seater Tourer
Chassis#: B183HM
Sold for USD$155,698
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1936 Bentley 4-1/4 Litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B6JD
Sold for USD$102,647
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 

Bentley 4¼ Liters That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE RACING TWO-SEATERB186HK2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $80,000$100,000
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports TourerB52GA2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek $320,000$350,000
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Tourer Coachwork by Vanden PlasB 138GA2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island $600,000$800,000
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe Coachwork by Park WardB57KU2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $200,000$250,000
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 L cabriolet AntemB260GA2018 Artcurial : Retromobile $375,000$450,000
1936 Bentley Vanvooren Pillarless SaloonB244GA2016 Barons : RollsRoyce Enthusiasts Club   
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style TourerB200GA2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $150,000$180,000
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports SpecialB156FB2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $120,000$150,000
1936 Bentley 4¼ Litre Open TourerB141GP2013 Coys Techno Classica $125,000$150,000
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports SaloonB52HK2011 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $45,000$55,000
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sedanca CoupeB44 HK2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $250,000$325,000
1936 Bentley 4.25 Liter Roadster 2008 Gooding & Company $140,000$200,000

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1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Profiles

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis #: APN 107
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Barker Sunroof Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: B46 JD
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Two Seat Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Two Seat Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B 138GA
Engine #: K6BW
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Pillarless Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis #: B 49 GP
Engine #: U 2 5K
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Airflow Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: B118HK
Engine #: K2BY
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B57KU
Engine #: Z6BM
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis #: B29GP