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1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre

Chassis number : PM3252

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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 into 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.

The current owner acquired the car at Amelia Island in 2016 and since then, it has been on the California Mille, three times on the Colorado Grand, and the West Coast Bentley Tour. It has been to Laguna Seca Raceway and Thermal Race Track. The car just received a restoration by Neil Davis, NDR Restoration in the United Kingdom. It is driven on a daily basis and in 2021, it was driven from Los Angeles to attend The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

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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 of the Bentley 4.5 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: HF3179
Sold for USD$561,053
  2021 RM Sothebys : London
 
1928 Bentley 4½ Liter Le Mans-Style Tourer Replica Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 3043
Sold for USD$747,500
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre image  
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
 

Bentley 4.5 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Sports TourerTX32392021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction $1,100,000$1,400,000
1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Drophead Sports Coupe by Salmons & SonsXL31142021 RM Sothebys : Monterey $500,000$600,000
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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1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Profiles

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: YV7263
Engine #: KM3096
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Flexible Coupe
Coachwork: Harrison
Chassis #: XR3347
Engine #: XR3347
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: KM3088
Engine #: MF3175
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: MF3153
Engine #: SM3905
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Harrison
Chassis #: PM3259
Engine #: PM3258
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: PM3252
Engine #: PM3256
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: HF3177
Engine #: HF3178 / SL 3054
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Victor Broom
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: SL3075
Engine #: SL3071
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Weymann
Chassis #: RN3043
Engine #: RN3044
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: TX3234
Engine #: TX3233
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: TX3239
Engine #: TX3241
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre vehicle information
Drophead Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Salmon & Sons
Chassis #: XL3114
Engine #: XL3116