1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Drophead Coupe by Hooper “Derby”

Gallery Aaldering

Gallery Aaldering is offering this Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Drophead Coupe by Hooper “Derby” for sale.


By the end of the 1930s, the ‘Derby’ Bentley, introduced at the beginning of that decade following the company’s takeover by Rolls-Royce, had undergone several significant developments that were important for the brand. For instance, the engine capacity was increased to 4,257 cc. The new engine was shared with the Rolls-Royce 25/30hp, but the Bentley had some differences that made it significantly different. The Bentley featured, among other things, a sportier camshaft and twin SU carburetors. The result was that the new 4¼-liter Bentley offered more power, which was of course a good thing.
These innovations made the ‘Derby’ Bentley a perfect combination of power, reliability, and sportiness, setting a new standard for luxury and performance in the automotive industry.

Gallery Aaldering have a beautiful 1938 Bentley Drophead Coupe in their collection. The vehicle has undergone an extensive restoration and overhaul by the renowned marque specialists Alpine Eagle, resulting in a great condition. This Bentley, originally Hooper’s London Olympia Motor Show car, was delivered to Archibald Fraser Esq in Glasgow after the show. In 1942, the car was transferred to Sir Oliver Edwin Simmonds MP in Ripley, who had an electric/hydraulic hood mechanism installed by Abbotts of Farnham.
The restoration history of this car is extensively documented, and Gallery Aaldering have included some photos of the documentation for you. Between 2001 and 2003, a full restoration was carried out by Alpine Eagle in Clanfield, including a complete engine overhaul in 2009 by RR & B Garages in Bromsgrove. The costs for these restorations were significant, and the detailed documentation consists of three thick books.

Throughout its lifetime, this Bentley has participated in numerous concourse, events, and rallies, including several trips to Pau, where the Bentley was well received by judges and the public alike. Various awards and trophies were earned by this magnificent vehicle.

Recently, Alpine Eagle performed an extensive service, putting the car in excellent condition. The great thing about a car of this caliber is that the driving experience of this Bentley is comparable to how it felt when it left the showroom in the late 1930s. The engine runs smoothly, and the car drives excellently, thanks in part to its great condition. For cold weather conditions, a heater is installed, and there is a 12-volt socket available for modern devices. In short, this superior car with desirable Hooper coachwork is in a condition that is hard to surpass.

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Gallery Aaldering is a family owned business since 1975. Founder Nico Aaldering and his son Nick are responsible for operational and executive management. The company has been in Brummen since 1987 and started on the location where they currently have their second workshop and detailing shop. Nico started very small, with only three employees. People who still work for the company today. The company grew rapidly and established a name for itself based on quality. In the nineties it was time for expansions after many years of selling Alfa Romeo, then Italian cars later on followed by British cars as well. At the end of 2000 Gallery Aaldering moved to the current premises at the Arnhemsestraat in Brummen. This showroom was build according to Nico's idea and sketches and has a Neoclassical style to match the classic cars inside. During this time Nick entered the company after finishing his studies and working for different automotive companies. Gallery Aaldering expanded and gained momentum with the decades of experience offered by Nico and the bright new ideas and progressive vision offered by Nick. The collection became more diverse with an important move upwards to higher segments. Gallery Aaldering has grown to become one of the largest classic car dealers in Europe. There are about 350 classic cars on display on four floors with a Grand Café and special rooms for business meetings. As a family owned business Gallery Aaldering is proud of its history and traditions, but the future is just as important. At the heart of this all is the passion for classic automobiles. For that reason they participate in the most impressive classic car rally in the world, the Mille Miglia. A deeply rooted love for cars. You will find this in both their genes and the identity of this family owned business.