1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre

Derby Open Tourer by Vanden Plas

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1935
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    B178CR
  • Engine number 
    J4BS
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior brand colour 
    Cognac Brown
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    120 BHP / 122 PS / 90 kW
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Based on the contemporary Rolls-Royce 20/25hp, the 3 1/2 Liter Bentley was slightly shorter in the wheelbase and employed a tuned (120bhp) 3669cc- twin -3/8SU-carburettor version of the former's overhead six valves.
Add to this already remarkable package, an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox and servo assisted brakes, the result was a vehicle offering the driver effortless sports car performance in almost absolute silence. 'The Silent Sports Car', as it was swiftly dubbed, had few peers as a tireless long-distance tourer, combining traditional Rolls-Royce refinement with Bentley performance and handling.
As befitted by its sporting nature, the Derby Bentley was almost always fitted with an owner-driver saloon or drophead coupé coachwork, the 'standard' designs being the work of Park Ward.

Chassis number 'B178CR' However, was bodied by Vanden Plas, which had forged its considerable reputation by a most fortuitous alliance with Bentley, for whom it bodied some 700-or-so chassis during the 1920s, including the LE MANS team cars. Another notable feature of this car is its original sports exhaust, one can drive silently or change the valve and have a sports-car sound.

The car was regularly serviced, in pristine condition and maintained over the last 14 years.

Full car history, details and information are naturally available upon request.