Back to search results

1934 BENTLEY 3 1/2 LITRE 3½ Litre Park Ward Drophead Coupe - £141,500

  • 001   img 166 ben3.5 small wm
  • 002   img 165 ben3.5 small wm
  • 003   img 162 ben3.5 small wm
  • 004   img 224 ben3.5 small wm
  • 005   img 207 ben3.5 small wm
  • 006   img 208 ben3.5 small wm
  • 007   img 209 ben3.5 small wm
  • 008   img 199 ben3.5 small wm
  • 009   img 200 ben3.5 small wm
  • 010   img 197 ben3.5 small wm
  • 011   img 196 ben3.5 small wm
  • 012   img 170 ben3.5 small wm
  • 013   img 220 ben3.5 small wm
  • 014   img 221 ben3.5 small wm
  • 015   img 223 ben3.5 small wm
  • 016   img 154 ben3.5 small wm
  • 017   img 148 ben3.5 small wm
  • 018   img 150 ben3.5 small wm
  • 019   img 033 ben3.5edit small wm
  • 020   img 218 ben3.5 small wm
  • 021   img 176 ben3.5 small wm
  • 022   img 177 ben3.5 small wm
  • 023   img 183 ben3.5 small wm
  • 024   img 233 ben3.5 small wm
  • 025   img 232 ben3.5 small wm
  • 026   img 278 ben3.5 small wm
  • 027   img 256 ben3.5 small wm
  • 028   img 257 ben3.5 small wm
  • 029   img 279 ben3.5 small wm
  • 030   img 252 ben3.5 small wm
  • 031   img 254 ben3.5 small wm
  • 032   img 262 ben3.5 small wm
  • 033   img 275 ben3.5 small wm
  • 034   img 282 ben3.5 small wm
  • 035   img 283 ben3.5 small wm
  • 036   img 235 ben3.5 small wm
  • 037   img 236 ben3.5 small wm
  • 038   img 240 ben3.5 small wm
  • 039   img 187 ben3.5 small wm
  • 040   img 191 ben3.5 small wm
  • 041   img 189 ben3.5 small wm
  • 042   img 242 ben3.5 small wm
  • 043   img 245 ben3.5 small wm
  • 044   img 243 ben3.5 small wm
  • 045   img 247 ben3.5 small wm
  • 046   img 300 ben3.5 small wm
  • 047   img 300 ben3.5 small wm

The Bentley motor car company was founded back in 1919 by brothers W.O. and H.M. Bentley. The Bentley brothers were involved in the motor industry having acquired the agency to sell French built DFP (Doriot, Flandrin & Parant) cars in 1912, however, they desperately wanted to build their own cars. So that they did and the first Bentley motor car, being just a chassis with a dummy engine, was shown at the 1919 London Motor Show and in late 1921 the first production Bentleys were built and delivered to their new owners.

Bentley got the formula right and their cars proved to be luxurious, reliable and fast thus attracting buyers from the elite of society. The cars were also incredibly successful on the race track with Bentley achieving the ultimate success winning Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930.

The difficult economic times in the late 1920s had a major impact on Bentley and they stopped motor racing soon after winning Le Mans in 1930 and ultimately fell into receivership in 1931. Rolls Royce acquired the assets of Bentley in late 1931. In this period Bentley produced some fabulous motor cars including the 3 Litre, 4½ Litre, Blower Bentley, 6½ Litre and 8 Litre models that are all today highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors all over the world. The first new Bentley produced following Rolls Royces acquisition was the Bentley 3½ Litre which evolved into the Bentley 4½ Litre. Bentleys of this era are also known as Derby Bentleys as they were built at Rolls Royces factory located in Derby in the north of England.

Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a very rare and extremely elegant 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Park Ward Drophead Coupe.

This particular car is chassis number B17BN and according to the original Bentley build sheet on file the car was delivered through Martin Walter Ltd in Folkstone, Kent, UK to a Miss M Knight of Smeeth, Kent, UK. The car is dated as being off test on the 27th August 1934 and it was ultimately delivered to Miss Knight on the 6th October 1934.

There is a fascinating article on file written by Bert Ward for the Praeclarum magazine No.79-4 from August 1979 that details the early history of B17BN. According to Ward in 1934 Lt Commander Fogarty, a member of the British Royal Navy, married Lady Mary (Knight) and the brides father gifted the couple a Bentley 3½ Litre, fitted with Park Ward Drophead Coupe body. The car was originally painted a grey/green with grey leather upholstery and fitted with a grey canvas hood. Shortly thereafter Fogarty left the Navy and the couple moved to Australia and settled on a property in Kurrajong at the foot of the Blue Mountains north west of Sydney. Ward was the Sydney Rolls Royce agent and picked the car up from the wharf when it arrived into Australia. He serviced the car, assisted with getting it registered and thereafter looked after it for many years. Ward comments in his article that Ms Fogarty was not the best of drivers and was very harsh on the clutch! At the outbreak of World War II Fogarty was called back to the British Navy and early in the war he was killed off the North West African coast. Ms Fogarty moved to Sydney and after the war she and her Bentley disappeared. Through the 1950s the car is reported to have been seen in Sydney from time to time.

The car was acquired by a well-known member of the Rolls Royce community in 1978 and taken back to Melbourne, Victoria. He enjoyed B17BN for many years until it was sold through RA McDermott & Co in 1992. The car was acquired by another well-known member of the Rolls Royce community in Brisbane, QLD who engaged McDermotts to restore the car. Over the next four years the car went through an extensive chassis, mechanical and partial body frame restoration. An astronomical amount of money was spent on the car at this time (confirmed by the receipts on file) and the cars new owner ultimately on-sold the car to its current owner in 1999. Whilst the timber frame was partially restored the cars new owner made the decision to fully restore the body and repaint the car. He also had the car re-trimmed, finally completing a restoration that started back in the early 1990s.


The car is well documented in the book Rolls Royce and Bentley in the Sunburnt Country by Tom Clarke & David Neely. Following is the history as described in the book:

B17BN engine O5BM, off test Aug 1934, Park Ward Drophead Coupe (body A138) first owned in England; sold secondhand to Lt Comdr Fogarty, RN, Jervois Bay, NSW and Toolern Vale, Vic. 1937 registered NSW BLZ 331; with Fogarty and Mrs MM Fogarty to Kurrijong, NSW and Bellevue Hill, Sydney pre 1939.Peter Crawford, NSW, 1970s.

In the last twenty years the cars current owner has used B17BN sparingly. Today the car presents well in a very tasteful colour scheme of old English white with maroon guards and accents.

The paintwork remains in good condition with a high gloss finish, though on closer inspection there are a number of imperfections and blemishes evident. The exterior trim and chrome are also in good condition. For a 1930s convertible the panel gaps on the car are very good. The interior of the car is neat and tidy. The leather is in good condition with no rips or tears and it has just the right amount of patina. The timberwork, which was redone in the late 1990s, is also in good condition. The cars owner reports proudly that he has very rarely, if ever, driven the car with the soft top up. The top is in good condition, though the foam lining is starting to separate.

Mechanically the car appears to be in very good condition. The car starts easily and it idles smoothly. It warms quickly and once you get comfortable with the driving position it is surprisingly quite easy to drive. B17BN drives well, the gear change is precise and the car handles and stops as one would expect. The car is very original, except it has a modern fuel pump fitted to improve drivability. The engine bay and underside of the car are exceptionally clean. As with all Bentleys this is a drivers car and on a recent drive of around 65km the car performed very well.

As confirmed by the build sheets the car today retains its original matching numbers engine O5BM and it has its original Park Ward body (138).

The car has just been fitted with five new Blockley tyres. Today the odometer reads 79,998 miles.

Note: the car is shown in the photographs with QLD registration 500 GEQ, however, the car is being sold unregistered.

Here is a chance to own a very rare and one of the most desirable of the Derby Bentleys.

Listed Price AUD $249,950

  • 79998 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1135968

Other Classic Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Cars for Sale

Ab192dgext32Sponsored Ad
1935
£115,000
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1152194
A stylish 2dr tourer, well-proportioned, lightweight & reminiscent of a VdP design of the day.
6
01248 602649
View details
Ab157cwext21Sponsored Ad
£165,000
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1146511
SALE AGREED A very unusual and particularly desirable, compact, sporting, two seat coupe ...
6
01248 602649
View details
Bre4091Sponsored Ad
1934
£160,000
Park Ward Convertible
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1114570
A unique body, special order coachwork. A stunning example in exceptional condition.
19
01732 590 547
View details
1Sponsored Ad
1926
£365,000
VANDEN PLASLE MANS STYLE TOURER
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1139799
Bentley 3-4 ½ litre 1926 Vanden Plas Le Mans style tourer
7
01371 809 874
View details
001   img 059 ben3.5derby smallSponsored Ad
1935
£95,500
3½ Litre by Thrupp & Maberly
  • 85,173
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1070579
Available now at Oldtimer Australia is this delightful 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre Sports Saloon. This ...
65
+61 417 828 569
View details
3.5 litre corsicaSponsored Ad
1935
£285,000
  • 69,000
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1135510
Corsica Open Tourer. Cream and Brown with Beige hide upholstery. Charming and attractive tourer ...
3
01371 809 874
View details
Bentley photogSponsored Ad
1934
£225,000
SPECIAL
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1123136
Bentley 3 1/2 litre Special 1934 Sports Open Tourer by Sargeants of Goudhurst
3
01371 809 874
View details