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1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter

Chassis number : B117DK

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Sold for $91,300 at 2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
Bentley Motors was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931 which helped ensure the survival of the Bentley name. The first of what would become known as the 'Derby Bentleys' was launched in 1933. Based on the contemporary Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP, the 3.5-liter Bentley was given a shorter wheelbase and a tuned overhead valve six-cylinder engine fitted with twin-SU carburetors. The engine was mated to an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, and servo-assisted brakes helped cope with the power. The new model was dubbed 'The Silent Sports Car', offering traditional Rolls-Royce refinement with Bentley handling and performance.

Most of the Derby Bentleys were given coachwork by Park Ward in a limited number of styles.

This Sport Saloon was ordered new by a lady, Mrs. Leslie Hamilton Gault, a widow. She took delivery on June 8th of 1935 at her London residence on Eaton Square. An allowance for a Railton Terraplane was made in part-exchange. Mrs. Gault ordered her Bentley to be finished in 'Horlands No. H229 Blue' with white fine lines (coachlines) and its interior to be trimmed in 'Connolly's l'amond grain leather'. After two years of ownership, the car was in the care of the dealership of Jack Barclay Ltd. Its subsequent custodians were a Dr. Whitehurst of Manby Lodge, Weybridge who acquired the Bentley after the outbreak of war in September of 1939. Dr. Whitehusrt is believed to have owned the car for the duration of the war. After the war, it returned to London ownership passing to Lord Temple of Queensberry Place, who is the last known U.K. owner of the car.

During some point in the car's ensuing 40 years, the Bentley migrated to America and by 1985 was in the care of Milton Machalek of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. In recent years, it came into the care of its current caretaker.

Currently, the car is finished in a Royal blue hue with the lower panels being in an Old English White. On the hood of its radiator is a Fox hood ornament, perhaps in reference to Mrs. Gault's fondness for hunting. The paintwork may have been refreshed over the course of its 80 year existence, but some of its interior has the appearance of being original, supplemented with some sympathetically matched replacement leather on the seats.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

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2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $90,000-USD $120,000 
Sale Price :
USD $91,300

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3.5 Liter

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 BENTLEY 3 ½ LITRE SALOON PROJECT CAR
Chassis#: B163DK
Sold for USD$35,013
  2021 Bonhams : Bonhams MPH May Auction
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B203EJ
Sold for USD$302,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon Project
Chassis#: B19CW
Sold for USD$61,736
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B66DG
Sold for USD$187,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITER SPORTS SALOON Coachwork by Park Ward
Chassis#: B117DK
Sold for USD$91,300
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 BENTLEY 3½-LITRE SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: B35DK
Sold for USD$64,357
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B7BN
Sold for USD$106,205
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B-185-CW
Sold for USD$39,541
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Shooting Brake
Chassis#: B80DG
Sold for USD$112,218
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1935 BENTLEY 3.5 LITRE BERLINE HOOPER
Sold for USD$71,678
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B51EJ
Sold for USD$80,309
  2013 H & H - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B-109-CW
Sold for USD$96,945
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: G7BW
Sold for USD$128,643
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sunroof Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B121DK
Sold for USD$55,228
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B24DG
Sold for USD$193,427
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B36DG
Sold for USD$66,542
  2012 The Imperial War Museum
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Aerodynamic Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B103CW
Sold for USD$275,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B68DG
Sold for USD$80,123
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1935 Bentley 3 ½ litre Sport
Sold for USD$216,441
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Sportsman's Coupe
Chassis#: B58DG
Sold for USD$407,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  

Bentley 3.5 Liters That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Continental Open TourerB178CR2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $180,000$220,000
1935 BENTLEY 3.5 LITRE OWEN SEDANCA BY GURNEY NUTTINGB130FB2016 Coys Blenheim Palace $175,000$195,000
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre SaloonB134CR2012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1935 Bentley 3½-Liter Three-Window Fixed Head CoupéB174DG2009 Bonhams Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club $300,000$340,000
1935 Bentley Derby Saloon Four Door Sedan 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$40,000  
1935 Bentley 3.5 LiterB103CW2008 Gooding & Company $275,000$350,000
1935 Bentley 3.5-Litre CoupeB45CW2005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$42,000
1935 Bentley 3.5-Litre Drophead CoupeB72AH2005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $70,000$80,000
1935 Bentley 3 1/2-Litre TourerB123CW2004 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars $45,000$50,000
1935 Bentley 31/2-Litre TourerB103EJ2003 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble $28,000$32,000

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1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter Profiles

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
Drophead Derby
Designer: Park Ward
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
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Chassis #: B174DG
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Drophead Derby
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Chassis #: B-66-DG
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Coachwork: Rippon Brothers
Chassis #: B103CW
Engine #: B3BB
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Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Bertelli
Chassis #: B58DG
Engine #: E9BY
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
Derby Cabriolet
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: B-26-DG
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B117DK
Engine #: R4BM
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Antem
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Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: B59FC
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B203EJ
Engine #: L9BT