Bentley 4 1/4 SALOON 1937 for sale

Among the greatest cars in the world is Bentley, founded in 1919 by W.O. Bentley in Crewe, England, Bentley’s cars quickly, became known as some of the fastest in the world. Proof of their performance was solidified with wins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans races in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930. It seemed, that nothing could beat a Bentley on the track, until a faltering economy proved tougher on Bentley than anything on four wheels. Hit hard by the Great Depression, W.O. Bentley was forced to sell out to Rolls-Royce who began producing cars under the Bentley name in 1933. W.O. Bentley was retained under contract though 1935, but he was kept at a distance by Rolls-Royce from his own cars that he had come to know and love. When his contract expired, he left with a new sense of freedom and joined Lagonda, but under Rolls-Royce’s stewardship, a new line of “silent sports cars” was developed that became some of the best cars to ever wear the Bentley name.

Offered here is an interesting example of Bentley’s heritage, a 1937 Bentley 4 ¼ liter, with coachwork by one of England’s oldest coachbuilders, Thrupp & Maberly. This Bentley wears an older restoration that has been driven extensively, but still looks good. It’s finished in tradition White and carries dual side mounted spare tires complete with factory metal covers. It rides on color-keyed wire rims with wide white wall tires for a truly elegant look in the finest European tradition. Bentley’s “Flying B” sits elegantly atop its large and impressive radiator that is flanked by correct prewar Lucas head lights. The interior is finished in beautifully broken-in Blue leather that is soft and comfortable with a sun roof, which makes for fine motoring on a summer day. The dashboard is hand crafted in real wood that’s finished in the finest tradition and all gauges are clean and clear. Under the hood, is Bentley’s 4,258 cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors that’s rated at 125 horsepower. Power reaches the ground through a four-speed gearbox and in the finest Bentley tradition, it runs as good as it looks.

The acquisition of Bentley by Rolls-Royce in 1931 closed a chapter in Bentley’s heritage, but it also opened the door for a new chapter in the company’s history that brought about some of the best cars ever built. Under Rolls-Royce’s ownership, great cars like the Mark VI, the R Type Continental, and the S series went on to become hallmarks of the Bentley name. This Bentley 4 ¼ liter with its classic elegance from Thrupp & Maberly is an outstanding car that is ready for both show and go.

Auction: Dragone's Lime Rock Auction September 3rd
Seller: Dragone Auctions
Phone: +1 203.335.4643

Details for Bentley 4 1/4 SALOON 1937 for sale

Make: Bentley
Type: 4 1/4 SALOON
Year: 1937
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 225078
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