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BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITRE - £POA

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Bentley 4 1/4 Pillarless Sports Saloon by Vandem Plas registration number DGO 746 was first registered Dec 31st 1936 to Bentley Boy Tom 'Scrap Thistlewayte ( A copy of the book on Scrap 'The Forgotten Bentley Boy' by Geoffrey O' Connell signed by the author is with car.Coach work by Vanden PLas in their 4 door pillarless design, one of six ordered by Jack Barclay for stock. Original colour, Gunmetal GreySold to Scrap by taking a 1920 RR P11 plus a 4 1/4 litre 2 seat Bentley, bodied by Corsica plus £150, with instructions to remove the radio from the Rolls Royce and refit to the new Bentley. The radio is long gone but I have no reason not to believe that the aerial in place is not the original.The Bentley was sold to the second time by Jack Barclay, the new owner being Capt. Guy Vernon Baxendale an amateur racer and keen sailer. Guy was a member of the family that owned & developed the Pickfords removal company and paid Jack Barclay £1300 for the car plus £7-17-6 road tax plus fifteen shillings ten pence for ten gallons of petrol. The car holds an18 gallon tank.The next owner was Gerald Abrahms to whom it was sold in 1948, Gerald Abrahms was a Russian, Jewish immigrant coming to the UK to escape persecution, he arrived with nothing but soon built a business manufacturing ladies underwear, while also becoming a champion at blind chess and writing books on the subject he also became a Justices of the peace.By 1959 the Bentley had moved into the ownership of a Charles Rossiter-Smith, Charles worked in the oil industry and for sometime worked alongside Frank Whittle on the development of the worlds first jet engine.Several times through 1943 Charles flew as observer onboard a Mk 1 Lancaster modified to carry an early Rover built jet engine sited to replace the tail gun, the aircraft used was in fact the prototype Lancaster.Included in the file is a photocopy of the relevant pages from Charles flying log book.It was during his ownership that Charles Rossiter-Smith gave instructions to have the car painted its current green. Having spent the day ay Brooklands, he was so impressed with the green used on cars racing there he returned home and so the family tell us, instructed the gardener to take the Bentley and get it finished in the same colour. It was probably brush painted.19-2-1977 the Bentley finds herself aboard the MS Norland on her way to Rotterdam and the new owners the Le Duc family of Hoorn in the old centre of old Amsterdam.The le Duc family were food manufacturers and used the Bentley sparingly. A few family weddings only before putting the car into dry storage on axle stands where it remained for the following 40 odd years before a family elder decided it was time for a tidy up and instructed a classic car specialist to recommissioned then find a new owner.In 2017 a dear friend took the current owner out for the day in his Bentley and from then on he was hooked and decided to hunt for a model of his own, very soon DGO 746 came along, he checked the car out with RREC and all the numbers matched, he bought the car and had it collected, sight unseen.Current owner; Keith Williams, Warwickshire where DGO 746 lives in a dry garage, So, having developed a bad case of sciatica he now finds it impossible to drive a manual car and its time to let the Bentley go to a new home.There is 47,000 miles showing on the odometer and we have no reason to believe this is not correct, giving the 40 years off the road. The car is a totally original car being looked after while with the current owner and by RR&B, mechanically sound as a pound, the leather and wood is aged and lovely, the paint is not brilliant but is not meant to be a show car although the RREC did display her on their stand at the last classic car show where the car was a very popular exhibit, attracting much attention.Wheels were refurbed and new tyres all round in 2018. In 2019 the car completed a 5 day 600 mile tour of the Welsh valleys, it only needed each evening a radiator top up.When the car was re-registered there was no problem with getting the original 1936 registration number.In 2019 Mr Williams reunited the son and daughter of Rossiter Smith with their Dads car, a great friend of the family was always remembered as DGO, they thought the car had probably gone to the smelter many years ago, they all had a great day. Shawn and Jane took a spin in Dads old Bentley, the car also featured in that months club magazine.Much of the information is courtesy the Rossiter-Smith and Baxendale families.If you are looking for a really rare 1936 Bentley with a stylish body in the most original condition, you have found it in this great car.

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