1935 Bentley 3 ½ Litre

1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre

Year :  1935
Make :  Bentley
Model :  3 1/2 Litre
Coachbuilder :  Barker
Body Type :  Drophead Coupe
Colour :  Cream
Trim :  Tan Leather

History :  During the late 1920’s and early 1930’s 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 ˝ 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 carburettor 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 Derby’s 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. Chassis No B26DG is one of eight cars built by Barker of Shepherds Bush in London in a style not dissimilar to the drophead coupes styled by Park Ward. The two light configuration with tail mounted spare greatly resembles the Park Ward design, however they can be distinguished as the side mouldings continue on past the lower mounting of the hood irons, down to the rear bumper. The car was originally completed in April of 1935 and delivered to its first owner, Mr W Sherbrook of Tadworth in Surrey. It changed hands on four occasions between then and 1960, living in Buckinghamshire, Northern Ireland and then returning to the Surrey area again in 1957. It remained in the UK for several years until being exported to the United States of America where in the early 1980’s B26DG was dismantled and underwent a ground up restoration, which is documented photographically in the history file. All mechanical, cosmetic and structural aspects were restored and the work was completed in 1984. Some thirty years on the car still presents and drives beautifully, testament to the quality of the restoration in the 1980’s and the level of careful maintenance ever since. The car comes complete with beautifully presented tools in the trunk, an original handbook, copies of the chassis card and build sheets, the original road fund licence documentation from 1935 and service instructions manuals. This very attractive Derby Bentley is ready for the next fortunate owner’s immediate enjoyment.

Condition :  Restored some thirty years ago and still in very good condition.

Technical Data :  Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 3.5 litres displacement, 3669cc capacity. Servo-assisted brakes.

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