1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter Sport Saloon / B117DK Vehicle Information

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter
Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: B117DK
Engine #: R4BM
Registration #: BXM 516
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


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

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
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  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B197DK
Sold for USD$73,489
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 152 AH
Engine Num: E2BV
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B160CR
Engine Num: K7BS
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B203AE
Engine Num: N5BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B35BL
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B64AH
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B75BL
Engine Num: X5BD
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Tourer
Chassis Num: B90CR
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B93AE
Engine Num: U6BF
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Antem
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Derby Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B-26-DG
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Aerodynamic Saloon
Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B103CW
Engine Num: B3BB
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B117DK
Engine Num: R4BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Three-Window Coupe
Coachbuilder: Kellner
Chassis Num: B174DG
Engine Num: D7BZ
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B203EJ
Engine Num: L9BT
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bertelli
Chassis Num: B58DG
Engine Num: E9BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B59FC
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: B111FC
Engine Num: G9BA
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1936 Drophead
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: J519


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