1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Airflow Saloon / B118HK Chassis Information

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter
Airflow Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: B118HK
Engine # K2BY
Sold for $165,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
Sold for $190,400 at 2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction.
Gurney Nuttings chief designer, A.F. McNeil, penned the Airflow Saloon for the Bentley 4¼-Litre chassis. McNeil was also the creator of such famous bodies as the Maharaja of Indore's Duesenberg Model SJ. He was a pioneer of British streamlining, with flowing designs and aerodynamic shapes. Just two examples of the 4¼-Litre chassis received this particular Airflow saloon design. This particular example originally had open rear fenders, with the 'spats', and a single side-mounted spare. It originally had a 'steel dust' with grey leather upholstery, and was displayed on Gurney Nutting's stand at the 1936 Olympia Motor Show.

After the Olympia Motor Show, the Bentley was delivered by The Car Mart, Ltd., of London to its first owner, Major C. Watson Smythe of 'Venaur' in Lelant, West Cornwall, in March 1937. Ownership passed in 1940 to C.J. Opeenheim, and in 1943 to the third owner, V. Motion, also of London and at the time a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. Additional British owners would care for the car through the early 1960s, including, briefly, the famous broker 'Bunty' Scott-Moncrief.

London dealers Frank Dale & Stepsons sold the car in 1967 to Art Mullaly of Carmel, California. It would remain in Mr. Mullaly's care for 14 years before selling it to West Coast Bentley collector, Gary Moore. It then passed in 1987 to Malcolm Schneer of Newport Beach.

At this point in history, car had a red exterior over beige livery. It was featured in the March 1989 issue of Car Collector magazine. Mr. Schneer exhibited the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1995, and at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club National Meet the same year.

It came into the care of a West Coast owner before being purchased by Orin Smith in 2010.

The car wears its original restoration, with the more recent addition of rear fender 'spats.' The wheels are covered by Ace wheel discs, there is an original 'sprung' steering wheel, and there is a replacement dashboard carrying correct instruments.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$225,000 
Sale Price :
$190,400

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$165,000

2018 2
2017 3
2016 3
2015 2
2013 1
2012 4
2010 2
2009 3
2008 1
2005 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$328,617$466,8342
2017$211,153$352,0003
2016$292,573$660,0003
2015$142,320$180,1392
2013$164,941$164,9411
2012$94,963$155,6984
2010$80,839$106,3642
2009$93,425$161,9203
2008$201,354$201,3541
2005$93,653$107,0552

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Bentley 4¼ LITER AIRFLOW SALOON
Chassis#: B118HK
Sold for $190,400
  2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Cabriolet Coachwork by Jean Antem
Chassis#: B260GA
Sold for $466,834
  2018 Bonhams : Zoute Sale
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B170HK
Sold for $116,458
  2017 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Airflow Saloon by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: B118HK
Sold for $165,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B260GA
Sold for $352,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B130GA
Sold for $74,499
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER TOURER
Chassis#: B 138GA
Sold for $660,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Racing Two-Seater
Chassis#: B186HK
Sold for $143,220
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'OWEN' SEDANCA COUPÉ
Chassis#: B171HM
Sold for $180,139
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER TOURER
Chassis#: B 49 GP
Sold for $104,500
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1936 Bentley 4.25 Litre Special
Chassis#: B46GA
Sold for $164,941
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1936 Bentley 4¼ litre Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Sold for $100,000
  2012 Coy - True Greats
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B58GA
Sold for $21,508
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Four-Seater Tourer
Chassis#: B183HM
Sold for $155,698
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1936 Bentley 4-1/4 Litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B6JD
Sold for $102,647
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B155HM
Sold for $106,364
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1936 Bentley 4.25 Litre Park Ward Saloon
Chassis#: B230GA
Sold for $55,314
  2010 Coys Auction - Blenheim Palace
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B248GA
Sold for $89,443
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: B200 GA
Sold for $161,920
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B152HK
Sold for $28,913
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Tourer Coachwork by Vanden PlasB 138GA2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island $600,000$800,000
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe Coachwork by Park WardB57KU2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $200,000$250,000
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 L cabriolet AntemB260GA2018 Artcurial : Retromobile $375,000$450,000
1936 Bentley Vanvooren Pillarless SaloonB244GA2016 Barons : RollsRoyce Enthusiasts Club   
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style TourerB200GA2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $150,000$180,000
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports SpecialB156FB2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $120,000$150,000
1936 Bentley 4¼ Litre Open TourerB141GP2013 Coys Techno Classica $125,000$150,000
1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports SaloonB52HK2011 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $45,000$55,000
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sedanca CoupeB44 HK2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $250,000$325,000
1936 Bentley 4.25 Liter Roadster 2008 Gooding & Company $140,000$200,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: APN 107
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Two Seat Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 138GA
Engine Num: K6BW
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis Num: B 49 GP
Engine Num: U 2 5K
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Airflow Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B118HK
Engine Num: K2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B44 HK
Engine Num: G8BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Barker Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B46 JD
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B57KU
Engine Num: Z6BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mann-Edgerton
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B 4 5HM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B-42-KT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 All-Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Open Two-Seater
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Cockshoot
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Pourtout Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 All-Weather Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B29LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B77LE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.25-Liter1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Embiricos Coupe
Chassis Num: B119MX
Engine Num: W9BC
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B131MX
Engine Num: U5BE
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Sunroof Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B30MR
Engine Num: C8BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Pillarless Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B3MX
Engine Num: B7BN
Chassis information for the Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B91 MX


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