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1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre

Year : 1935
Make : Bentley
Model : 3 1/2 Litre
Coachbuilder : Barker
Price : P.O.A
Body Type : Faux Cabriolet
Colour : Black
Trim : Beige Leather
Condition : An older restoration still in good condition throughout.
Technical Data : Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 3.5 litres displacement, 3,669cc capacity.


During the late 1920s and early 1930s Bentley ran into grave financial trouble and by 1931 Rolls-Royce had stepped in and bought the assets and goodwill of the defunct company and formed a new one, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. Rolls-Royce had considered the Bentley marque to be a growing threat to their future success, but following their purchase decided to continue the Bentley name, albeit under their own stewardship, taking the company in an entirely new direction with the creation of the Silent Sports Car or Derby Bentley. In 1933 the new Bentley 3.5 Litre model was released and was an instant success. The combination of effortless power and style met with almost universal praise. It was powered by a developed twin carburetor version of Rolls-Royces own 20/25 model and was installed in a low 126 inch wheelbase chassis that basically remained unaltered until the cessation of production in 1939 due to the outbreak of hostilities. Synchromesh was present on third and fourth gears and the Derbys were fitted with a cross flow cylinder head and superb servo assisted brakes, encapsulating all of the perfection of Rolls-Royce engineering in this small sporting Bentley. Fitting of individual coachwork by approved body builders continued in true Rolls-Royce fashion giving potential buyers a great deal of choice in the look of their new motor car. Chassis No B67DK is a unique creation by Barker, with faux cabriolet coachwork. It was completed in June of 1935, built to Design No 7015 and delivered to its first owner Sir Frank Bernard Sanderson who was the MP for Ealing. Interestingly he requested a silver Rolls-Royce mascot for the car. Later in life, during the 1960's the car was acquired by well-known collector John Donner, who was the grandson of the original owner. He kept the car for several decades, restoring it with the help of Wildae Restorations and Clanfield Engineering. Frank Dale & Stepsons then supplied the car in 2009 to an extended member of the Donner family, keeping the family link to the car. We have also maintained it for the current owner ever since. Chassis No B76DK should now be considered to be an older restoration, but is still in very good order throughout. This unique and stylish motor car is complete with tools, handbook and the original log book.

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