1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter Drophead Coupe / B203EJ Vehicle Information

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter photograph

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Sold for $302,000 at 2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
This Bentley chassis was delivered to coachbuilder Vanden Plas on September 17, 1935, where it received touring coachwork. It was then sent to the United States by Long Island-based coachbuilder Brewster & Company Inc. and displayed at the 1936 New York International Auto Show. It was acquired by Francis V. du Pont, Esq., of Wilmington, Delaware who sent the car to Derham Body Company located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Derham reworked the coachwork as a Drophead Coupe with raised doors, chrome side trim, and roll-up windows. After the work was completed, the car was shipped back to Bentley in England for maintenance. Due to the onset of hostilities in Europe, Bentley was unable to complete the work or return it to the U.S.

In June of 1939, the car was sold to Thomas Nightingale of North Birmingham, UK, and received registration FXE 9. The car survived the war and passed through several English owners, subsequently acquired in September of 1965 by Lt. Commander G.H. White, USN, and returned to the US.

By the time the car arrived in the United States, it was in deteriorated condition. Mr. White commissioned a professional restoration. It would pass through several more caretakers before being acquired by Peter Hageman who commissioned a bare-metal repaint in 2000 and finished in the color scheme it currently wears. The current owner acquired the car in 2003. Since then, the car has received a new tan top, tan interior, and polished aluminum wheels.

In March of 2006, the car was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. In June 2017, it won a First Place concours award at the 66th Annual Rolls-Royce Owners' Club Meet in French Lick, Indiana.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2020


Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $302,000

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B203EJ
Sold for USD$302,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon Project
Chassis#: B19CW
Sold for USD$61,736
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B66DG
Sold for USD$187,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITER SPORTS SALOON Coachwork by Park Ward
Chassis#: B117DK
Sold for USD$91,300
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 BENTLEY 3½-LITRE SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: B35DK
Sold for USD$64,357
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B7BN
Sold for USD$106,205
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B-185-CW
Sold for USD$39,541
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Shooting Brake
Chassis#: B80DG
Sold for USD$112,218
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1935 BENTLEY 3.5 LITRE BERLINE HOOPER
Sold for USD$71,678
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B51EJ
Sold for USD$80,309
  2013 H & H - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B-109-CW
Sold for USD$96,945
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: G7BW
Sold for USD$128,643
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sunroof Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B121DK
Sold for USD$55,228
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B24DG
Sold for USD$193,427
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B36DG
Sold for USD$66,542
  2012 The Imperial War Museum
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Aerodynamic Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B103CW
Sold for USD$275,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B68DG
Sold for USD$80,123
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1935 Bentley 3 ½ litre Sport
Sold for USD$216,441
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Sportsman's Coupe
Chassis#: B58DG
Sold for USD$407,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter image  
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B197DK
Sold for USD$73,489
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Continental Open TourerB178CR2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $180,000$220,000
1935 BENTLEY 3.5 LITRE OWEN SEDANCA BY GURNEY NUTTINGB130FB2016 Coys Blenheim Palace $175,000$195,000
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre SaloonB134CR2012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1935 Bentley 3½-Liter Three-Window Fixed Head CoupéB174DG2009 Bonhams Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club $300,000$340,000
1935 Bentley Derby Saloon Four Door Sedan 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$40,000  
1935 Bentley 3.5 LiterB103CW2008 Gooding & Company $275,000$350,000
1935 Bentley 3.5-Litre CoupeB45CW2005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$42,000
1935 Bentley 3.5-Litre Drophead CoupeB72AH2005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $70,000$80,000
1935 Bentley 3 1/2-Litre TourerB123CW2004 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars $45,000$50,000
1935 Bentley 31/2-Litre TourerB103EJ2003 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble $28,000$32,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 152 AH
Engine Num: E2BV

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B160CR
Engine Num: K7BS
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B203AE
Engine Num: N5BM

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B35BL
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B64AH

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B75BL
Engine Num: X5BD
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Tourer
Chassis Num: B90CR

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5-Liter
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B93AE
Engine Num: U6BF

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Derby Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B-26-DG

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Aerodynamic Saloon
Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: B103CW
Engine Num: B3BB
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B117DK
Engine Num: R4BM

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Three-Window Coupe
Coachbuilder: Kellner
Chassis Num: B174DG
Engine Num: D7BZ
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B203EJ
Engine Num: L9BT

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bertelli
Chassis Num: B58DG
Engine Num: E9BY
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1935 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B59FC

Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1936 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: B111FC
Engine Num: G9BA
Chassis information for the Bentley 3.5 Liter
1936 Drophead
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: J519

1935 Bentley 3.5 Liter

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