1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter Drophead Coupe Vehicle Profile

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter photograph

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter photograph

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter photograph

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter photograph

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Three year after Bentley (famous for its large, luxury sports cars) was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931, Alexander Walker commissioned a 1934 3.5-liter automobile, with the body to be built by the U.K.'s best coachwork, Mulliner & Company. Sir Alexander, grandson of the famous 'Johnnie' Walker of whiskey fame, specified that the new automobile must have the finest accessories of the 'modern age', including an AM radio, cigarette lighter (to complement the Whiskey), and a rumble seat to 'runabout' with guests.

This model Drophead was built in Derby, England at Rolls-Royce's factory. A young boy in Derby, Merv Wright, admired this model of Bentley as a child and is said to have told friends that if he ever could afford to buy one, he would one day own one.

As fate would have it, Merv Wright grew up to become a world-renowned motorcycle racer and World Championship team manager. He moved to California in 1962, and about three decades later, a 1934 Bentley Derby 3.5 Litre Drophead, exquisitely restored through a total renovation down to each piece of steamed wood, bolt and wiring harness, came available through auction. Merv bought it. His dream had come true. He proudly owned the car, until some year later it was sold to two additional automobile aficionados, each making further refinements.

Today, this automobile, of which only one other body-style is known to be similar (commissioned by Prince Aly Kahn, son of the Aga Kahn III, once married to Rita Hayworth, and built a year after Sir Alexander had commissioned this car), is a rare example of sports enthusiasm, power and grace.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 2
2018 2
2017 5
2016 2
2015 5
2013 3
2012 2
2011 1
2010 2
2009 4

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$118,855$168,0002
2018$171,041$226,5822
2017$134,932$228,3115
2016$128,557$186,2162
2015$106,706$231,0005
2013$226,312$381,5273
2012$76,113$92,5782
2011$143,000$143,0001
2010$151,883$196,6782
2009$149,576$172,6674

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon by Arnold of Manchester
Chassis#: B119 BL
Sold for $69,709
  2019 The Saragga Collection
 
1934 Bentley 3½ LITER DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: B 75 BL
Sold for $168,000
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre 3-Position Drophead
Sold for $115,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1934 Bentley 3.5-litre Derby 'Bologna'
Chassis#: B183AE
Sold for $226,582
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : Silverstone Classic Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: B39BN
Sold for $133,721
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1934 Bentley 3.5 litre Drophead Coupe by James Young
Chassis#: B39BL
Sold for $228,311
  2017 Coys : Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1934 Bentley 3½ litre Open Tourer by Sparrowhawk
Chassis#: B74BL
Sold for $169,628
  2017 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITER SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: B24CR
Sold for $77,000
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B90CR
Sold for $66,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  
1934 Bentley 3½ litre Roadster ‘The Ian Pitney Special'
Chassis#: B183AE
Sold for $186,216
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B120AH
Sold for $70,898
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: B185AE
Sold for $141,313
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Salon Prive Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: B160CR
Sold for $99,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Saloon Body
Sold for $1,120
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis#: B75BL
Sold for $231,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  
1934 Bentley 'Derby' 3,5 L berline par Mann Egerton
Chassis#: B151 BL
Sold for $61,099
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
Sold for $381,527
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1934 BENTLEY 3½-LITRE TOURER
Chassis#: B39AE
Sold for $140,659
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Sold for $156,750
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter image  
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: B149AE
Sold for $92,578
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports SaloonB20CR2018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale   
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Vanden Plas TourerB155AE2016 Coys : The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot $100,000$120,000
1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITER TOURERB 75 BL2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $200,000$225,000
1934 Bentley 3.5 Litre SaloonB54AH2015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre All-Weather Tourer by BarkerB169AE2013 Coys Blenheim Palace $85,000$100,000
1934 Bentley 3 1/2-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park WardB203AE2011 RM Auctions at Monterey$155,000$250,000$350,000
1934 Bentley 3½-litre Four-Door Sports SaloonB 108 CR2011 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$40,000
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead CoupéB69BL2009 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $110,000$130,000
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Liter Three-Position Drophead CoupeB120AH2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $50,000$65,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 152 AH
Engine Num: E2BV
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B160CR
Engine Num: K7BS
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B203AE
Engine Num: N5BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B35BL
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B64AH
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B75BL
Engine Num: X5BD
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Tourer
Chassis Num: B90CR
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B93AE
Engine Num: U6BF
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Antem
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Derby Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B-26-DG
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Aerodynamic Saloon
Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B103CW
Engine Num: B3BB
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B117DK
Engine Num: R4BM
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Three-Window Coupe
Coachbuilder: Kellner
Chassis Num: B174DG
Engine Num: D7BZ
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bertelli
Chassis Num: B58DG
Engine Num: E9BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1935 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B59FC
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: B111FC
Engine Num: G9BA
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter1936 Drophead
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: J519


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