1928 4.5 Litre 1929 4.5 Litre 1930 4.5-liter 1930 4.5 Liter Supercharged 1931 4.5-Liter 1931 4.5-Liter Blower 1931 4 Litre 1936 4¼ Liter

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1938 Bentley 4¼-Liter

Vehicle Profiles

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

The Silent Sports Car
Bentley Motors Ltd. was established by the legendary W.O. Bentley in Cricklewood, near London, in 1920. With its outstanding performance and many race wins, including a string of victories at LeMans, the Bentley was a ....[continue reading]

Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Shortly after the armistice in 1919, WO Bentley, together with a group including Frank Burgess (formerly of Humber) and Harry Varley (formerly of Vauxhall), set about designing a high quality sporting tourer, for production under the name Bentley.....[continue reading]

Sedan
Designer: Park Ward

This car is one of 1241 4 1/4 Liter Bentley's built between 1936 and 1939. It sold for $7,200.....[continue reading]

Derby Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company

The Bentley 4 1/2 liter came into existence to fill a void left by the 3-liter and the 6.5-liter variants. The 3-liter suffered from underperformance while the 6.5-liter was unsafe for the roads. The 6.5-liter was powerful, and with poor road-conditi....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren

Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH

1937 coach built Vanvooren of Paris in 1937 for Lucie Vogt. First registered in Paris 470RLS in February 1938 Lucie Vogt was born in 1911 at Niederbruck, North Eastern France in a very rich family, her grandfather Joseph Vogt was the owner of the pot....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren

Chassis Num: B132LS
Engine Num: F-4-BH

This 1938 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanvooren Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Blackhawk Collection Exhibit held at the Pebble Beach Concours. It carried a price tag of $350,000.....[continue reading]

Pourtout Coupe
Coachwork: Pourtout
Designer: Georges Paulin

The most famous of all Derby Bentleys, this experimental, one-off automobile is nicknamed for the man who funded its creation in the mid-1930s: Andre Embiricos, a Greek shipping magnate and race driver living in Paris. It seems Mr. Embiricos was a Be....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Cockshoot

This drophead coupe is the only one built by Cockshoot for the 4.25-litre Bentley chassis and the second to last Cockshoot body built on a Bentley chassis at the Derby factory.....[continue reading]

Fixed Head Coupe

Chassis Num: B-1-LE
Engine Num: T6BT

Chassis B-1-LE was sent to de Villars in Levallois, Paris on February 22nd of 1938. The car had been ordered by Julio Villarejo of Paris for Alfredo Mihura, whose Paris address was listed as the Hotel George V. The car was ordered with a speedometer ....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

Chassis Num: B153LE
Engine Num: G8BH

The first Rolls-Royce-built Bentley was the 3.5-Liter model. By early 1936, Bentley was offering a larger displacement chassis, the 4.25-Litre, to help offset the weight gains and subsequent loss of performance. ....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: B92LS
Engine Num: G8BG

This 1938 Bentley 4.25 was bodied by H.J. Mulliner and features a unique one-off disappearing top. The car was initially sold by the famous Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealer Jack Barclay of London, England. Their emblem remains attached to the front bumper.....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

The current owner has had possession of this car for over 42 years. This vehicle has a Vanden Plas six place convertible body, specially built to the original owners specifications. It is fitted with a rumble seat and is a 'one-off' design, commiss....[continue reading]

All-Weather Tourer
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: B137LE
Engine Num: C8BL

The 'Derby Bentley' was the 3 1/2 liter, which was based upon the Rolls-Royce 20/25 chassis but with a high-performance engine with crossflow head, higher compression ratio, twin SU carburetors, and a re-profiled camshaft. The engine was increased in....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe by Vanden Plas
 
Derby Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
 
Sedan
 
Derby Drophead Coupe by Carlton Carriage Company
 
Coupe by Vanvooren
Chassis #: B132LS 
Coupe by Vanvooren
Chassis #: B132LS 
Pourtout Coupe by Pourtout
 
Drophead Coupe by Cockshoot
 
Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis #: B-1-LE 
Drophead Coupe by Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B153LE 
Drophead Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: B92LS 
Drophead Coupe by Vanden Plas
 
All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: B137LE 

History

Bentley Motors was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931. One of the first of the Bentley vehicles produced after this merge was the 1933 3-1/2 Liter, a vehicle similar to the Rolls Royce 20/25. Bentley automobiles personified racing and the 3 1/2 Liter vehicle followed this tradition. It had a more powerful engine than its 20/25 counterpart. This had been achieved by adding a second carburetor and modification of the compression ratio.

Rolls Royce introduced the 25/30 in 1936 and Bentley introduced its counterpart, the 4 1/4 Liter. The Bentley featured 2 SU carburetors and a naturally aspirated straight-six engine producing 125 horsepower. It could achieve sixty mph in around fourteen seconds with the top speed just below 100 mph. The front-engine designed was matted to a four-speed manual gearbox and drove the rear wheels. Production lasted from 1936 through 1939 during which over 1240 examples were produced. This was the most vehicles of a single series Bentley had ever produced up to this time.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
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