|Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sport Saloon by Mulliner|
Coys of Kensington
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|Chassis No.||B48 TD|
|city||Richmond TW9 2LL |
|ONE FAMILY OWNERSHIP FROM NEW|
Following Rolls-Royce's takeover of Bentley in 1931, the first new Bentley had been the 31Ú2 Litre of 1933. Basically a sporting version of the Rolls-Royce 20/25, it utilised a shorter chassis together with a more powerful version of the 20/25's six cylinder engine with new crossflow cylinder head. Producing 105bhp and mated to a four-speed synchromesh transmission, the 3,699cc engine provided the 31Ú2 Litre with 90mph plus performance.
For 1936 Rolls-Royce enlarged the engine to 4,257cc. Retaining the 31Ú2 Litre's crossflow cylinder head, twin SU carburettors, twin fuel pumps and single coil ignition, power rose significantly to 126bhp, which allowed an almost 100mph maximum speed and notably improved acceleration. Otherwise the specification was much the same as the 3½ Litre, ie; a separate chassis, complete with centralised lubrication system, employing leaf spring suspension and adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers front and rear with power-assisted brakes.
The reputation for speed and fine handling accorded the 3 ½ Litre was even more enhanced with the 4¼ Litre and, as before, leading coachbuilders provided a variety of saloon, drop head coupé and touring bodywork.
DYE 66 has been in the ownership of one family since originally sold in 1937, who all the while maintained it to a very high standard of repair, including an extensive restoration which was completed in 1993.
The car comes complete with an exhaustive service history documenting this process and general maintenance, as well as original ownership records dating back to the very start of the car's history. A truly superb example of a historic vehicle, with a unique family history behind it.
|Coys of Kensington|
Lower Mortlake Road
|Richmond TW9 2LL |
|+44 (0)20 8614 7888|
|+44 (0)20 8614 7889|
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