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1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer / PM3252 Vehicle Information

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

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Sold for $770,000 at 2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
Sold for $852,500 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
Bentley built 665 examples of the 4½-Litre chassis, with nearly all of them with the longer 3300-millimeter (129.9 inch) wheelbase and all with custom coachwork. Production lasted four years, with few modifications being made to the engine during that time.

This particular example was originally fitted with a coupe body by London coachbuilders Victor Broom. M.D. Corrigan received the car from Henlys in July of 1928 and it was given registration YX 2006. It was owned by several owners before coming in the possession of William Howarth of Cheshire, England in May of 1947. It was purchased in (roughly) 1955 by J.R. Walmsley who kept the car until 1982. The car then went to the African continent, residing in Zimbabwe in the ownership of D.M.A. Stronge. In 1995, Mr. Stronge, having reconditioned the largely original automobile, proceeded to drive it in that year's South African Bentley Drivers Club rally. At the time, the car still had its original Victor Broom Coupe coachwork.

William Sykes purchased the car in 1999 and it returned to the United Kingdom. At that time, the Broom body was replaced with the current Vanden Plas-style Le Mans Tourer body. The work was performed by British coachbuilders James A. Pearce and Roger Wing. The Tourer body included cycle fenders, a folding windshield and Brooklands windscreens. It was given the correct Weymann patent bodywork of synthetic leather over a padded wooden frame, turned aluminum dashboard carrying the traditional large speedometer and tachometer, as well as other aeronautical-type gauges and an extended louvered bonnet and belly pans to better replicate the Le Mans appearance. Quick-release caps were installed on the fuel tank and the radiator. The 'D-Type' gearbox was given Laycock overdrive and an Eldown Engineering clutch conversion. The engine was given a Phoenix crankshaft, and dual Draper shocks were installed on the front axle. A large racing fuel tank was fitted along with proper Zeiss headlights, dual Bosch horns, and four 'diver's helmet' tail lamps.

The Bentley was acquired by East Coast collector Piers MacDonald and at that time, came to the United States. It was used in several Bentley Drivers Club rallies and many of the North American Vintage Bentley meets. More recently, it has been shown by its current owner in AACA National judging, winning a First Prize in 2014.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016


2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $852,500

2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $770,000

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: MF3157
Sold for USD$573,811
  2019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Sports Tourer
Chassis#: FT3221
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: PM3252
Sold for USD$852,500
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer
Chassis#: MF3153
Sold for USD$2,750,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre British Flexible Coupe
Chassis#: XR3347
Sold for USD$726,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports Bobtail
Chassis#: KM3088
Sold for USD$6,050,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer
Chassis#: NT3131
Sold for USD$1,231,925
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: PM3252
Sold for USD$770,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
1928 Bentley 41/2-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: RL3427
Sold for USD$327,541
  2005 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre TourerUK32772020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction $380,000$400,000
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupé by Salmons & SonsXL 31142019 Historics at Brooklands Motor Museum $380,000$420,000
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Sports TourerST30062019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,000,000$1,300,000
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre TourerNT31372018 Bonhams : Goodwood   
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans Sports The Bobtail by Vanden PlasKM30882017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island $6,500,000$7,500,000
1928 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Vanden Plas Style Le Mans TourerHT16492015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer 2013 H & H Auctions The Pavilion Gardens $400,000$470,000
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Harrison British Flexible CoupeXR33472012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl $600,000$800,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Victor Broom

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3348
Engine Num: UK 3276

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Sport Touring
Coachbuilder: Harrison

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Two-Seat Sports
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Offset Single Seater
Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: RC2209

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Le Mans Boattail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Two-Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre

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