1936 Bentley 4 1/4 L Derby
This 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 L Derby is offered at NO RESERVE at WorldWide Auctions Pacific Grove Sale - August 15, 2019
CHASSIS NO: B-17-GP
• Coachwork by the renowned J. Cockshoot of Manchester, England
• Excellent restoration
• Participant of several Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club meets
• Fine British elegance
257cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine with two SU carburetors rated at 126 HP, four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the third and fourth gears, front and rear semi-elliptic spring suspension with hydraulic shock dampers, four-wheel mechanical brakes with servo-assist; wheelbase: 126”
When Rolls-Royce took over Bentley in 1931 it signified a new direction for the company. The takeover conveniently eliminated one of Rolls-Royce’s biggest rivals, but also added a new chapter to Bentley’s heritage with the introduction of the “Silent Sports Car,” also known as the Derby Bentley. Introduced in 1933 as a 3.5-litre car, it proved very popular and was highly successful. The engine was actually Rolls-Royce’s 20-25 fitted with twin carburetors for more power. For 1936, the 4.25-litre was introduced and the Derby Bentley was now a highly respected gentleman’s sports car. As Bentley produced only the chassis with nothing more than a radiator and bonnet leaving the factory, Derby Bentley 4.25 cars carried some of the finest coachwork of the day and still command admiration wherever they go. Indeed, a custom body could be ordered from Rippon, Barker, Thrupp & Mayberly, Freestone & Webb, Park Ward, Hooper, as well as a number of other coachbuilders of the day. Whatever the body; power, speed, and beauty all came together in Bentley’s Silent Sports car.
Offered here is a fitting example of Bentley’s heritage that has previously been fully restored and further meticulously maintained. It presents today in impressive condition in both mechanical and cosmetic appearance. Wearing coachwork from J. Cockshoot of Manchester, England, this is a sporty looking Bentley that also manages to carry a hint of classic formal elegance. As one of the earliest coachbuilders, Cockshoot’s lineage can be traced back to 1724 when they started building horse drawn carriages. They quickly gained a reputation for high quality craftsmanship and were immediately recognized by high society and royalty. Many kings and queens would go on to ride to their coronations and weddings in a carriage from Cockshoot. At the dawn of the twentieth century, the company easily made the transition over to motorcars and produced some astounding coachbuilt bodies including the famous “Pearl of the East” built on a Rolls-Royce Ghost that was exported to India. This Derby Bentley wears a saloon body that clearly demonstrates Cockshoot’s elegant and timeless design of a “Gentleman’s” motorcar. Starting at the front, the Cockshoot design is decidedly lower than that of the average car for its era. Its gracefully rounded Bentley grille is nicely accented by two large Lucas headlamps with a single driving light and twin horns. The graceful design of the fenders is nicely accented by a two-tone paint scheme with silver for the body and burgundy for the fenders that is also picked up by a matching burgundy beltline. The doors are center-hinged, and the rear carries a spare tire complete with a hard-shell cover with the Bentley logo. The interior is beautifully upholstered in fine ivory colored leather with matching door panels and light tan carpeting. As one would expect, the dashboard is finished in the finest burled walnut with a finish that matches that of the best furniture. Several chrome switches and control knobs all accent the beauty of the dashboard and this is also a right-hand drive car. Power for this Bentley comes from its 4.25-litre inline six with twin SU carburetors in an engine compartment that is clean and tidy with all components properly sorted. This Bentley rides on wide whitewall tires that are mounted on wire rims that are painted in a light gray for a nice contrast. The Bentley comes with its books and manuals as well as several ribbons for various wins from the Rolls-Royce Owners Club gatherings. This is a car that runs as well as it looks.
The best of both worlds combined in this great motorcar featuring the fine engineering of Bentley and the superior coachwork of Cockshoot. So exclusive is this design that Cockshoot built just 16 bodies making this one rare indeed. For respected British engineering that also carries a beautiful coachbuilt body, this Bentley is a car that’s ready for both show and enjoyable road trips.
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