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1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter

Chassis number : B30MR

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Sold for $769,440 (€672,000) at 2015 RM Auctions - Paris.
Sold for $770,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
Sold for $775,000 at 2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction.
This 1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Sports Coupe is known as the 'Honeymoon Express.' It was built for the chairman of the coachbuilder Park Ward and was shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in London in 1938. It is one of very few two-passenger cars built on the 4.25 Litre 'Derby' chassis and was lavishly outfitted with bespoke features, including a sunshine roof, frameless Triplex side windows, deluxe wheel discs and unique rear wheel spats. A particularly racy feature is the power-operated blind for the rear window. During the war it was used by London Rolls-Royce dealer R.A. Robertson, who had it painted in camouflage in a successful effort to avoid the German bombs. In the 1960s it was acquired by Maurice Richmond while on active duty in the US military and was brought to the United States for restoration.
Sold for $769,440 (€672,000) at 2015 RM Auctions - Paris.
Sold for $770,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
Sold for $775,000 at 2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction.
This 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sports Coupe rests atop an MR Series chassis and its coachwork was created by Park Ward Ltd. for display on their stand at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1938. Among its unique and modern designs were the sliding, Webasto roof panel, frameless side windows, and rear-wheel spats. It had a power-activated rear window privacy shade, and limited truck space located behind the seats. The car's Art Deco-inspired styling and privacy shade prompted the motoring press to nickname the car, the 'Honeymoon Express.'

The Bentley was used by the chairman of Park Ward Ltd. for several months as his personal transport following its display at Earls Court. By April, ownership had passed to London Rolls-Royce dealer R.A. Robertson, who had the Coupe repainted in camouflage during the war years. It would pass through a succession of UK-based ownership before entering the care of an American serviceman name Maurice Richmond in 1965 while stationed in the U.K.

In 1967, the Bentley was imported to the United States and remained in California for the next 35 years. In 2002, it was purchased from Mr. Richmond by Charles Crail, also of California, who sold it to UK- and Belgium-based collector George Rombouts-Howitt. While in Mr. Rombouts-Howitt's care, the car was given a full mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Wildae Restorations Ltd. in Devon, and Alpine Eagle Ltd. in Oxford, England.

After the seven-year restoration was completed in 2011, the car participated in a Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club Annual Rally where it secured the Peter Blond Award. The following year, it was selected from over 100 applicants to participate in the Louis Vuitton Classic Serenissima Run. At the conclusion of the event, the Bentley was awarded the Coachbuilders Golden Age Award.

Robert Mirvis acquired the Bentley in 2015 and had it reimported to the United States and had it displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2015, where it earned a class award. The following March, the Bentley Coupe received First in Class honors at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Later in 2016, the car was purchased by its present caretaker.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2022

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Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $775,000

2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $770,000

2015 RM Auctions - Paris

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€600,000-€725,000 
Sale Price :
USD $769,440 (€672,000.00)

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 4¼ Liter

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: B-143-MX
Sold for USD$120,829
  2022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1939 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITRE SPORTS COUPE
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for USD$775,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
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
 

Bentley 4¼ Liters That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Profiles

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Pillarless Saloon
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: B3MX
Engine #: B7BN
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B131MX
Engine #: U5BE
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Sunroof Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: B132LS
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B91 MX
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B30MR
Engine #: C8BM
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Embiricos Coupe
Chassis #: B119MX
Engine #: W9BC
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drpohead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B157MX
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drophead Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B154MR
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren