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1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter

Chassis number : B75BL

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Sold for $231,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
Sold for $168,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona.
Rolls-Royce purchased Bentley Motors from Walter Owen Bentley in 1931. The Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors Works manager at Derby was E.W. Hives, who was tasked with designing the all-new Bentley 3.5-Litre.

This particular example was purchased by M.S. Spencer-Nairn, of Fife, Scotland, the heir to the Michael Nairn linoleum company. It is a drop head coupe with coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly. The car was ordered with several bespoke items including a speedometer with a clock mounted in the upper center of the dial, a steering column and gear lever that were two inches shorter than was standard, and that the car be built for 'town work and touring.' M.S. Spencer-Nairn took delivery of the car on June 18th of 1934, and then drove the car extensively until he was called to serve in World War II. During the war, the car was put into storage. When he sold the car due to having four children and requiring a larger car, the Bentley had over 100,000 miles on the odometer.

The car was sold to R.E. Merchant, of Derby, who owned it until 1984, when it was acquired by Howard Brown, a Californian working in London. Mr. Brown had the car repainted, and several areas of the car addressed, including the chassis, mechanicals and cosmetics. When Mr. Brown returned to California, the Bentley came with him. In 2008, Mr. Brown had the car's body stripped to bare metal in preparation for repainting. Sadly, he died prior to its completion. Mrs. Brown retained the car until it was sold to its current owner, who completed the freshening.

The car has Biscuit-colored leather upholstery, re-polished veneers, and new Fawn Wilton wool carpets. The exterior of the car is finished in black. The car has correct new wheel discs and new Dunlop tires.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
Sold for $231,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
Sold for $168,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona.
The Bentley 3 1/2 Liter was presented to the public in September 1933, shortly after the death of Henry Royce. It was the first new Bentley model following Rolls- Royce's acquisition of the Bentley brand in 1931. Bentley sold only the drivable bare rolling chassis with engine and gearbox, scuttle and radiator ready for coachbuilders to construct a body to the buyer's requirements. This is a Thrupp & Maberly, but many distributors ordered their preferred bodies as showroom stock to enable them to stock finished cars ready for immediate sale. Bentleys of this era are known as Derby Bentleys because they were built in the Rolls-Royce factory located in Derby, England.

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2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $168,000

2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $225,000 
Lot was not sold

2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $275,000-USD $375,000 
Sale Price :
USD $231,000

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3.5-Liter

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: B125BL
Sold for USD$210,265
  2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon by Arnold of Manchester
Chassis#: B119 BL
Sold for USD$69,709
  2019 The Saragga Collection
 
1934 Bentley 3½ LITER DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: B 75 BL
Sold for USD$168,000
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
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1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre 3-Position Drophead
Sold for USD$115,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Derby 'Bologna'
Chassis#: B183AE
Sold for USD$226,582
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : Silverstone Classic Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3.5 litre Drophead Coupe by James Young
Chassis#: B39BL
Sold for USD$228,311
  2017 Coys : Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B39BN
Sold for USD$133,721
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1934 Bentley 3½ litre Open Tourer by Sparrowhawk
Chassis#: B74BL
Sold for USD$169,628
  2017 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B90CR
Sold for USD$66,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
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1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITER SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: B24CR
Sold for USD$77,000
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1934 Bentley 3½ litre Roadster ‘The Ian Pitney Special'
Chassis#: B183AE
Sold for USD$186,216
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B120AH
Sold for USD$70,898
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: B185AE
Sold for USD$141,313
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Salon Prive Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B160CR
Sold for USD$99,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Saloon Body
Sold for USD$1,120
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis#: B75BL
Sold for USD$231,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
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1934 Bentley 'Derby' 3,5 L berline par Mann Egerton
Chassis#: B151 BL
Sold for USD$61,099
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
Sold for USD$381,527
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1934 BENTLEY 3½-LITRE TOURER
Chassis#: B39AE
Sold for USD$140,659
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Sold for USD$156,750
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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Bentley 3.5-Liters That Failed To Sell At Auction

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park WardB93AE2020 RM Sothebys : Driving Into Summer $130,000$150,000
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports SaloonB20CR2018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale   
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Vanden Plas TourerB155AE2016 Coys : The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot $100,000$120,000
1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITER TOURERB 75 BL2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $200,000$225,000
1934 Bentley 3.5 Litre SaloonB54AH2015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre All-Weather Tourer by BarkerB169AE2013 Coys Blenheim Palace $85,000$100,000
1934 Bentley 3 1/2-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park WardB203AE2011 RM Auctions at Monterey$155,000$250,000$350,000
1934 Bentley 3½-litre Four-Door Sports SaloonB 108 CR2011 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$40,000
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead CoupéB69BL2009 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $110,000$130,000
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Liter Three-Position Drophead CoupeB120AH2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $50,000$65,000

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1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter Profiles

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: B90CR
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B 152 AH
Engine #: E2BV
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: B35BL
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B203AE
Engine #: N5BM
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: B75BL
Engine #: X5BD
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B160CR
Engine #: K7BS
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: B64AH
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner