The bumper offering of British classics will include a selection of historically significant cars, including the 1934 3½-litre Derby Bentley that was owned by former Bentley chairman Woolf ‘Babe’ Barnato. Offered without reserve, the car was used by Barnato for two years before he took delivery of the famous Bentley 3½-litre, with which he won Le Mans three years running.
Also offered in Historics’ auction is a 1933 4¼-litre Open Tourer in the Vanden Plas style.
The chassis was originally laid and plated in 1933 as 4-B-IV and used by Bentley Motors as an experimental car. During this time, the chassis was tested with a number of different body styles, initially a Park Ward open touring design that later changed to a sporting saloon body, with the 3½-litre engine modified to accept larger inlet valves and a 6.9:1 compression ratio. It was in this version that it lapped Brooklands at an impressive 90.4mph according to Alec Harvey-Bailey’s book, The Derby Bentleys. The next chassis registered was done so by Woolf Barnato, before it was latterly altered to the style of a Vanden Plas Open Tourer.
Having resided in the Midland Motor Museum between 1988 and 1996, the car has been used in numerous Bentley Drivers’ Club events and is superbly presented, reflecting a very robust estimate of £100,000 to £140,000.
If you prefer your Bentleys to be a bit more modern (and affordable) then a 50,000-mile 2001 Red Label Arnage is available. It is expected to attract offers in the region of £18,000-24,000, a fraction of its original £150,000 price tag.
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