1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter

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1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Vesters & Neirinck

Chassis Num: B156KT
Engine Num: E9BH
Build Num: B3044

Bentley entered into receivership in 1931 was acquired by Rolls-Royce. The Bentley Company is said to have been in this predicament due to their automobiles being so well designed that their list of clients dwindled due to not needing another vehicl....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Windovers

Bentley Motors was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, and one of the first Bentleys produced at the Derby factory after the merger was the Bentley 3.5-liter. The larger Bentley 4.25-liter was introduced in 1936 and soon outsold the smaller capacity ca....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

In 1936, Bentley used a larger 4,257 cubic centimeter engine, attached to a four-speed gearbox. The extra 588 cubic centimeters gives this model the same acceleration potential in fourth gear that the previous car offered in third gear. This resulted....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: B70KT
Engine Num: M2BY

The first Rolls-Royce-built Bentley was the 3.5-Liter model and it was a more refined production than previously seen during the W.O. Bentley era. It earned the nickname, 'The Silent Sports Car' and was a welcomed addition to the quality-built sports....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Mann-Edgerton

In 1931, Rolls-Royce had acquired the Bentley Company when the latter was forced into receivership. By 1937, Bentleys were being manufactured in Rolls-Royce Cricklewood plant.....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: B 4 5HM

This Derby Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Coupe wears coachwork by Gurney Nutting and Co. of Chelsea. It has an Art Deco design with pillarless construction and a split rear window, and a swooping waistline. It has a rear-mounted spare wheel and a sliding sunro....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

In 1936, Madame Yvonne Cahen d'Anvers de Rothschild wanted a fast, luxurious, compact car that had all the style of her banker husband's pair of French-bodied Hispano-Suizas. H.R. Owen, London supplier of motorcars to the nobility and gentry, commiss....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

Chassis Num: B-42-KT

This two seat 4.25-liter Derby Bentley was sold through the London Bentley dealership of Jack Barclay, and delivered in July 1937 to its first owner, S.B. White. It was ordered with sporty yet graceful coachwork from Vanden Plas that is similar to tw....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

Open Two-Seater
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company

Chassis Num: B55KU
Engine Num: B7BK

Bentley produced 1,234 examples of their 4¼-Litre chassis; of those, 530 received coachwork by Park Ward, and most of them were steel saloons. Only a few Derby Bentley cars, however, received bodies from a more exclusive body builder named Carlton. T....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

All-Weather Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

Chassis Num: B114KT
Engine Num: T7BP

Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley Motors from Walter O. Bentley in 1931. The 4 1/4 Litre Bentley was marketed as the 'Silent Sports Car.' They are often referred to as 'Derbys,' as they were built in Derbyshire, England. 1234 of these cars were built betw....[continue reading]

1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter vehicle information

All-Weather Tourer
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: B-39-KU
Engine Num: M 9 BZ

Bentley introduced the 4 ¼-liter model in 1936. Designated the 'K' Series, the new chassis was built in two consecutive runs, the 'KT' and the 'KU'. Derby works produced one hundred of each, with the KTs being numbered evenly and KUs being assigned o....[continue reading]

Fixed Head Coupe by Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis #: B156KT 
Drophead Coupe by Windovers
 
Drop Head Coupe by Mulliner
 
Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: B70KT 
Saloon by Mann-Edgerton
 
Fixed Head Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: B 4 5HM 
Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting
 
Roadster by Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B-42-KT 
Open Two-Seater by Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis #: B55KU 
All-Weather Cabriolet by Vanden Plas
Chassis #: B114KT 
All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: B-39-KU 

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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