1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer / PM3252 Chassis 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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Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Sold for $770,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $852,500 at 2016 RM Sothebys.
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

Chassis# PM3252

2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
Pre-Auction Estimates :$700,000-$900,000 
Sale Price : $852,500
2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
Pre-Auction Estimates :$600,000-$800,000 
Sale Price : $770,000

Analysis

Chassis number PM3252 Auction Sales History
2016$852,500
2011$770,000

2017 1
2016 1
2013 2
2012 2
2011 1
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$1,100,000$1,100,0001
2016$852,500$852,5001
2013$1,738,000$2,750,0002
2012$3,640,963$6,050,0002
2011$770,000$770,0001
2005$327,541$327,5411

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Sports Tourer
Chassis#: FT3221
Sold for $1,100,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: PM3252
Sold for $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 $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 $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 $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 $1,231,925
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: PM3252
Sold for $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 $327,541
  2005 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models
 

No Sale

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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