1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter Drophead Coupe Vehicle Profile

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter photograph

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The Silent Sports Car
Bentley Motors Ltd. was established by the legendary W.O. Bentley in Cricklewood, near London, in 1920. With its outstanding performance and many race wins, including a string of victories at LeMans, the Bentley was a very popular car.

Unfortunately, the company's finances were never solid, and in 1931 the firm was in deep trouble. Napier made a bid for the company assets, but it was Rolls-Royce that ultimately prevailed and became the owner of Bentley. Rolls-Royce introduced their version of the Bentley in 1933, with a 3.7-liter pushrod engine. By 1936, however, the engine size had been increased to 4.25 liters, primarily to handle the increasingly heavier coachwork.

Only 1,234 4.25-Liter Bentleys were built between 1936 and 1939 when it was replaced by the Mark V. Many bodies (such as this one) were built of steel instead of the former aluminum over ash frame construction.

The car shown is a 1938 model. It has a drophead coupe body, built by well known coachbuilder, VandenPlas. The phrase 'drophead coupe' is a British term that simply means convertible coupe.

After its manufacture this Bentley was retained by Bentley Motors as a factory demonstrator until 1941, when it was sold to Barclays as a used car. This Bentley was road tested by the British magazines 'The Motor' and 'The Autocar;' a writer for the latter claimed a top speed of 107 mph.


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1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bentley 4 ¼-litre
Chassis#: B66LS
Sold for USD$70,049
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1938 Bentley 4¼ Litre Open Tourer
Sold for USD$78,547
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 L Coupé Vanvooren
Chassis#: B-132-LS
Sold for USD$341,040
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Sportsman's Coupe by De Villars
Chassis#: B8MR
Sold for USD$181,176
  2017 Coys : Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1938 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE MR OVERDRIVE
Chassis#: B28MR
Sold for USD$112,990
  2017 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1938 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'HIGH VISION' COUPÉ
Chassis#: B83LE
Sold for USD$146,259
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B145KU
Sold for USD$58,626
  2013 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre Concealed Head Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: B92LS
Sold for USD$341,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'High Vision' Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B28MR
Sold for USD$104,716
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: B137LE
Sold for USD$225,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter image  
1938 Bentley 4 ¼ litre
Chassis#: B125LE
Sold for USD$213,136
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B199LE
Sold for USD$145,066
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B125LE
Sold for USD$234,888
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre All-Weather Cabriolet
Sold for USD$137,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1938 Bentley 4¼ litre MX Vanden Plus Open Tourer
Chassis#: B117MX
Sold for USD$235,842
  2008 Coys Auction -Brands Hatch
 
1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Brougham Semi Razor Edge Saloon
Chassis#: B162 KT
Sold for USD$86,278
  2006 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre CoupéB8MR2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek $140,000$160,000
1938 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE CABRIOLETB154LS2020 Bonhams : The Bonmont Sale $300,000$500,000
1938 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE FOUR-DOOR CABRIOLETB125LE2020 Bonhams : The Bonmont Sale $240,000$300,000
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Boattail SpeedsterB161LE2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction   
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre James Young Sedanca CoupeB72MR2017 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford $180,000$220,000
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Coupe by De VillarsLotB-8-MR2015 Silverstone Auction Classic Sale $115,000$135,000
1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre Sports SaloonB145KU2014 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Drop Head CoupeB153LE2012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $150,000$250,000
1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre CoupeB8MR2011 Bonhams The December Sale $80,000$100,000
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Fixed Head Coupe 2010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $250,000$325,000
1938 Bentley 4 ¼-Liter Derby SpecialB183KU2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $40,000$50,000
1938 Bentley 4 ¼-Liter Derby SpecialB183KU2005 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia $40,000$50,000
1938 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITER CABRIOLET 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $140,000$170,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: APN 107

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 138GA
Engine Num: K6BW
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis Num: B 49 GP
Engine Num: U 2 5K

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Airflow Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B118HK
Engine Num: K2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B29GP

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B44 HK
Engine Num: G8BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Barker Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B46 JD

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B57KU
Engine Num: Z6BM

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mann-Edgerton

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B 4 5HM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B-42-KT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 All-Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B1KU
Engine Num: U4BR

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Open Two-Seater
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Cockshoot

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Pourtout Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B-107-LE

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B106MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B29LE

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B77LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter
1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Embiricos Coupe
Chassis Num: B119MX
Engine Num: W9BC

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B131MX
Engine Num: U5BE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drophead Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B154MR
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Drpohead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B157MX

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B30MR
Engine Num: C8BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B3MX
Engine Num: B7BN

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter
1939 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B91 MX

1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter

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