1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre


Pendine is offering this Bentley 3.5 Litre for sale. An exceptional example of the Derby Bentley.

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What an exceptional example of the Derby Bentley this is. Bodied by Vanden Plas, chassis B 128 EF lay untouched between 1961 and when it was unearthed in 2015. Living in New Jersey, the long term owner, Elwood Walker, put the car into storage with a frost damaged head in 1961 with a recorded mileage of around 40,000. It wasn’t until his passing in 2015 that his estate decided to part with the car.

Repatriated back into the UK that year, it became immediately apparent that this was a Derby that was almost completely undisturbed, escaping the curse of restoration. The original leather was still in place, the body never having been off the chassis. The British owner set about preserving the car, whilst undertaking a full mechanical restoration.

This included a brand new block, head and camshaft, all supplied by Fiennes Engineering (original block and head retained). The engine was thus fully rebuilt, whilst an overdrive was also fitted for long distance motoring. The mechanicals were gone through stern to stem, with drivability and safety at the fore.

The invoices collate to over £60,000 for this recommissioning, and around 500 miles of shakedown miles have been undertaken. Unquestionably one of the best driving Derby Bentleys you’ll ever enjoy, coupled with an unusually high level of originality and patina.

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Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, their experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. James Mitchell: Having worked as Business Manager at the world’s leading historic car specialist for over a decade, James’s specialist knowledge is of post-war British sports and racing cars. He has a reputation for being one of the foremost authorities on early Jaguar E-Type’s. James is also the Senior Editor of Speed Age Books, a publishing company dedicated to the publication of bespoke, limited edition volumes on important cars and collections. Historical research is an increasingly important factor within the classic car market, making his specialist knowledge a great asset. James founded Pendine in 2014. Jonny Shears: Raised in and around classic cars, it was only natural for Jonny to pursue a career in the motor industry. Initially starting as an automotive photographer, Jonny helped build one of the country’s leading auction houses. As such, Jonny has been involved in the sale of a great breadth of significant cars, specialising in both the Porsche and Alfa Romeo marques. As an avid enthusiast and historic racer you will often find him at race meetings, either spanner in hand or piloting his Austin Healey Sprite.