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Offered for: GBP 75,000
1935 3 1/2 Litre Derby Bentley Park Ward Sports Saloon
Chassis number: B-144-EF
Registration number: BYN966
First Purchased by Mr John P Glass in July 1935 this desirable late 3 ½ litre EF series with all aluminium body, speed sensitive ride control and one shot lubrication really does allow some of the finest pre-war motoring possible.
Service records show that this Derby was located in the North East of England between 1938-68 prior to being purchased by the current owner in 1989 over 3 decades ago.
The current owner, being a professional engineer himself, purchased the car in 1989 & has thoroughly enjoyed and also restored this Derby himself, having covered ten thousand miles in the last ten years through England, Wales, Scotland, France and even picking up the ‘First in class Elegance’ prize at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club annual rally 2016. This is a particularly good driving car & indeed is considerably quicker then some more heavily bodied 4.25 litre cars we have had.
Condition wise the exterior has benefitted from a bare metal re-spray and has been finished in Black over Stratos Blue and is in fine condition throughout.
The interior is truly superb with great patina throughout, all being original except for the front seat cushions which have been re-trimmed in matching blue Connolly hide. The car has its correct original radiator cap that preceded the advent of the winged B mascot introduced at the end of 1935.
It is clear to see that this example has always been well maintained and cared for as the engine, body, gearbox, dynamo and starter motor are all matching numbers parts.
The engine has been fully rebuilt with a large list of work that has been carried out:
Engine bored, sleeved to standard, crank ground, bearings re-metalled, new pistons, little ends rebushed,
New unleaded cylinder head and valves (Fiennes),
Crankshaft damper reline,
Clutch rebuilt, new clutch plate,
Complete rewire including fitment of a battery master switch,
Headlamps re-silvered and all brightwork re-chromed,
King pins replaced, brakes re-bushed,
Spring blades reset/replaced, shackle pins and bushed replaced,
One shot lubrication system restored,
Shock absorbers and ride control overhauled,
The full list of works carried out just goes on and on. Two huge files come with the car containing a plethora of invoices far too numerous for us to photograph & display. Suffice to say this is one of the nicest running & driving Derby Bentleys we have come across needing absolutely nothing doing to it. The car is ready for immediate trouble free extended use with the mechanical condition being a credit to the current owner whom has gone through the car over the last 3 decades from stem to stern to make it simply as good as it can be.
The current onwer mailed the following infomation:
1935 Bentley 3½ litre Sports Saloon BYN 966
Park Ward Continental Style Saloon, straight waistline style all aluminium body.
Speed sensitive ride control, one shot lubrication.
All original, all matching numbers.
Stratos Blue over Black Interior original in mid Blue
Chassis B144EF Engine B9BD Body C908
1935 July Registered owner J.P. Glass, Abbotsbury Road, London W14
1938-68 North East England
1968-89 Exported to USA, Colorado then Arizona,
1989 Returned to UK
1989-2021 Purchased, Restored, Enjoyed by Professional Auto Engineer
12,000 miles touring events in England, Scotland, Wales and France.
Twice winner of ‘Most Elegant in Class’ RREC Nationals 2016 & 2018
Summary Restoration and Specification
Bare metal repaint in Stratos Blue over Black
Front seat cushions retrimmed in matching Connolly hide
Engine rebuilt by Ristes, bored, sleeved to standard, crank ground, bearings remetalled, new pistons, little ends rebushed
Crankshaft damper relined cotton duck
Clutch rebuilt, new clutch plate
New aluminium cylinder head and valves - unleaded (Fiennes)
Stainless steel exhaust and silencers fitted
Radiator recored, rad shell replated, water pump overhauled
Rewired throughout, master switch added, flashing indicators added
Instruments, sun roof, interior lights, adjustable ride control, clock, trafficators, restored and all functional
Headlamp reflectors resilvered, most brightwork replated
King pins replaced, brakes rebushed
Front Spring blades reset/replaced
All spring shackle pins and bushes replaced
One shot lubrication system restored
Shock absorbers and ride control overhauled
Wheels powder coated
Fuel tank repaired and sealed
Driving dogs replaced
Radiator cap original without winged B as fitted before August 1935
Rolls-Royce bumpers fitted as original – replated
Many other details and invoices in ring binders of information
Herewith summary of things done on BYN 966.
I also have about 2 inches of invoices dating back to 1989. Amazing what you can spend your money on with these cars but there hasn't been much real expediture since 2003 when the new cylinder head was fitted and the restoration was effectively completed, just the usual oil changes, replacing dynamo brushes etc.
I've kept a log of things I've done with and on old cars owned since about 2000 so there are 60 pages or so of history I can refer to if necessary, but not sure if this is a good thing though to worry prospective owners with, not all of 'em seem to enjoy messing with their cars, on the other hand some do as evidenced by the appetite for these Zoom meetings.
Look forward to seeing you soon,
All the best,
Vintage & Prestige Fine Motor Cars
9 Globe Industrial Estate
RM17 6ST Grays
+44 7967 260673
Dealer Vehicle-ID: 1229
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