1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Saloon / B3MX Chassis 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 Liter1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter
Pillarless Saloon
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: B3MX
Engine # B7BN
Walter O. Bentley's company was purchased by Rolls-Royce, Ltd in 1931 and moved from Cricklewood, London to Rolls' Derby works. The Bentley cars produced from 1933 through 1939 are known as the 'Derby Bentleys.' The first of these were powered by 3.5-liter engine with overhead valves. The 126-inch bare chassis left the factory to be bodied by outside coachbuilders.

By 1936 the bodies had grown in size and weight and a new power-plant was required. To provide more horsepower, a 4257-cc engine was offered. A few of the 3.5-liter cars were converted at the factory to the larger power-plant. With permission from Hispano-Suiza, serov-assisted mechanical brakes were placed on all four corners of the car.

This 1939 Bentley 4.25 Liter Vanvooren Pillarless Saloon was ordered on June 17th of 1939. It was shipped to France where it was given the Vanvooren pillarless saloon body.

Achille Vanvooren had been in business since 1910. The facilities were located at Courbevoie, northwest of Paris. In 1919 he sold to partners Daste and Guillemet. Daste stayed with the company until 1932 when he left for Hispano-Suiza. Vanvooren's most common customers at this time were Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce. Vanvooren bodied more Derby Bentley's than any other coachbuilder from outside of Britain.

This particular 4.25-liter Bentley was one of the last constructed from the 200 M-Series. These cars were equipped with overdrive gearbox's and a Marles steering box.

In total, Vanvooren bodied just seven of the M-Series cars. B3MX was the last constructed and the only one that has survived. The vehicles first owner was Jacques Bollinger, head of Champagne Bollinger, a renowned French vintners. After his death in 1941, his widow retained the car for a number of years before selling in 1949 to Mr. E. Phillips, the British Consul at Biarritz.

The car passed through several more owners until coming under the care of Andrew McGill of the UK in 1983. The car was completely restored and finished in French Bleu. Ownership later passed to Jules Heumann of the United States and a former Pebble Beach co-chair.

This one-off 1939 Bentley 4.25 Liter Vanvooren Pillarless Saloon was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. It was estimated to fetch between $160,000-$225,000. At the conclusion of the auction, this vehicle was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007

2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$160,000-$225,000 
Lot was not sold

2018 2
2017 2
2016 1
2015 3
2013 2
2012 4
2011 1
2005 1
2004 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$202,346$207,5722
2017$421,850$671,0002
2016$770,000$770,0001
2015$408,058$769,4403
2013$274,073$472,0512
2012$142,790$330,0004
2011$328,778$328,7781
2005$172,035$172,0351
2004$59,800$59,8001
2003$47,493$47,4931

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: B-7-MX
Sold for $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 $197,120
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre 'Embiricos' Coupe Recreation by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: B119MX
Sold for $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 $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 $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 $71,314
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 BENTLEY 4¼-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: B95LE
Sold for $383,419
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Sports Coupé 'Honeymoon Express' by Park Ward
Chassis#: B30MR
Sold for $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 $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 $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 $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 $21,043
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre MX Sports Saloon by Park Ward
Sold for $73,729
  2012 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas Style Tourer
Chassis#: B164MR
Sold for $146,388
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1939 Bentley 4¼-Litre Coupé décapotable
Chassis#: B105 MX
Sold for $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 $172,035
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
 
1939 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITER MX SERIES TWO-DOOR PILLARLESS COUP
Sold for $59,800
  2004 Bonhams - MOTORCARS BROOKLINE
 
1939 Bentley 4 1/4-Litre 'High Vision' Saloon
Chassis#: B148MR
Sold for $47,493
  2003 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 

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 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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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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