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1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Saloon / B131MX Vehicle Information

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter photograph

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Sold for $172,700 at 2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
Sold for $199,360 at 2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction.
In 1936, the Derby Bentley engine was increased to a capacity of 4257cc, thus becoming the new 4¼-Liter model. The well-proven chassis was retained, as was the faultless gear-change and servo-assisted brakes.

The Derby was further improved in 1938 with the addition of an overdrive transmission, allowing for effortless high speed cruising.

This Bentley was shipped to Park Ward for the coachwork ion April 4th of 1939. The order was to produce a style suited to the US market and as the display car for the New York Auto Show. It was given a four light pillarless coupe body that was completed in late June, and shipped to New York. It arrived just prior to the outbreak of Britain's war with Germany.

The car rides on a 126-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 192 inches and weighs 3750 pounds. The car is powered by an overhead valve, inline, 4257cc six-cylinder engine. Park Ward bodies were without the wooden framing so they lasted better.

The first owner of this Bentley was Mr. S.M. Swenson, who retained the car until 1967, when it was purchased by the Vintage Car Store in Nyack, NY. From there it passed to its third owner a Mr. Ricardo Fabbri in January of 1978. After his death in the late 1990's the car passed through three other known owners before being offered for sale at the 2004 Bonhams Auction, where it was purchased by Mr. Robert A. Brechler.

While in Mr. Brechler's care, the car was given a restoration. The comprehensive nut and bolt restoration lasted five years and was completed in 2009. It was then put on display at the Amelia Island Concours.

This Bentley remained in Mr. Brechler's care until his passing. The car was then passed to a family member. It recently received a top award at the Mirror Lake Concours, a first place award at the Birthplace of Speed show in Ormond Beach and earned a Palmetto award at the 2016 Hilton Head Concours.

The car is finished in its original colors of cream and red over beige leather.



2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $199,360

2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $325,000 
Lot was not sold

2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $172,700

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: B-137-MX
Sold for USD$215,629
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
 
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: B160 MR
Sold for USD$687,139
  2020 Gooding & Company : Passion of a Lifetime
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre All-weather Cabriolet
Chassis#: B-80-MR
Sold for USD$131,605
  2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
 
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ Liter Pillarless Coupe
Chassis#: B131MX
Sold for USD$199,360
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B-7-MX
Sold for USD$207,572
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1939 Bentley 4¼ Tourer Coachwork by Dick Brockman in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: B 136 MX
Sold for USD$197,120
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'Embiricos' Coupe Recreation by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: B119MX
Sold for USD$671,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 BENTLEY 4¼ LITER Coupe
Chassis#: B131MX
Sold for USD$172,700
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Coupe 'Honeymoon Express' by Park Ward
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for USD$770,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE 'RAZOR EDGE' BROUGHAM SALOON
Chassis#: B66LS
Sold for USD$71,314
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: B95LE
Sold for USD$383,419
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Coupé 'Honeymoon Express' by Park Ward
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for USD$769,440
  2015 RM Auctions - Paris
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Overdrive
Chassis#: B119MX
Sold for USD$472,051
  2013 Coys - Techno Classica
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'High Vision' Sports Saloon
Chassis#: B148MR
Sold for USD$76,095
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1939 Bentley Vanvooren Sunroof Coupe Custom Ordered from Bentley by Lucie Vogt
Chassis#: B132LS
Sold for USD$330,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter image  
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Experimental Saloon by Park Ward
Chassis#: 3B50 11
Sold for USD$21,043
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre MX Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Sold for USD$73,729
  2012 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas Style Tourer
Chassis#: B164MR
Sold for USD$146,388
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Coupé décapotable
Chassis#: B105 MX
Sold for USD$328,778
  2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais
 
1939 Bentley 4.25-Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: B76MR
Sold for USD$172,035
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE VANDEN PLAS-STYLE TOURERB-133-MX2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 1939) $150,000$200,000
1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre James Young Fixed Coupe 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre TourerB25MX2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $900,000$1,200,000
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Pillarless CoupeB131MX2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az. $250,000$325,000
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead CoupéB137MX2016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $200,000$250,000
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Touring SaloonB149MX2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Touring SaloonB149MX2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Experimental Saloon by Park Ward3B502012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre M-Series Sports SaloonB83MX2012 Bonhams Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars $85,000$100,000
1939 Bentley ¼ Litre MX Overdrive Drophead Coupe by Vanden PlasB191MX2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $150,000$175,000
1939 Bentley 4¼ LiterB102 MR2010 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'EleganceCollectors' Motorcars $80,000$100,000
1939 Bentley 4.25 Liter Pillarless Saloon 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $160,000$225,000

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Bentley 4¼ Liter Vehicle Profiles
Pillarless Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Roadster
Bentley 4¼ Liter Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1936
Sports Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Two Seat Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Two Seat Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Pillarless Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Saloon

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1936
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: APN 107
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Two Seat Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Two Seat Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B 138GA
Engine Num: K6BW
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Horsfield of Halifax
Chassis Num: B 49 GP
Engine Num: U 2 5K
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Airflow Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Airflow Saloon

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B118HK
Engine Num: K2BY
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: B29GP
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Sedanca Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B44 HK
Engine Num: G8BC
Model Year: 1936
Barker Sunroof Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Barker Sunroof Coupe

Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: B46 JD
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B57KU
Engine Num: Z6BM
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Victoria Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Victoria Coupe

Model Year: 1937
Sedanca Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mann-Edgerton
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Drop Head Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drop Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Windovers
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B 4 5HM
Model Year: 1937
Profile
All-Weather Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter All-Weather Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bentley 4¼ Liter Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B-42-KT
Model Year: 1937
Profile

All-Weather Cabriolet
Bentley 4¼ Liter All-Weather Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Sports Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B1KU
Engine Num: U4BR
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Open Two-Seater
Bentley 4¼ Liter Open Two-Seater

Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Sedanca Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Boattail
Bentley 4¼ Liter Boattail

Model Year: 1938

Sedan
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sedan

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Derby Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Derby Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Cockshoot
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Sedanca Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Pourtout Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Pourtout Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Fixed Head Coupe

Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sports Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sports Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B-107-LE
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B106MR
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH
Model Year: 1938
Profile

All-Weather Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter All-Weather Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B29LE
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Derby Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Derby Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B77LE
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1939
Profile

Embiricos Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Embiricos Coupe

Chassis Num: B119MX
Engine Num: W9BC
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B131MX
Engine Num: U5BE
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Sunroof Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sunroof Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B132LS
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drophead Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B154MR
Model Year: 1939
Profile
Drpohead Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Drpohead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B157MX
Model Year: 1939
Profile
Sport Coupe
Bentley 4¼ Liter Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: B30MR
Engine Num: C8BM
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Pillarless Saloon
Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Saloon

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: B3MX
Engine Num: B7BN
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4¼ Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: B91 MX
Model Year: 1939
Profile


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