1935 Bentley 3 Litre Super SportsSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 3,669 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Twin SU Carburetors 115 BHP at 5,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring Suspension Front and Rear About this Car: In the summer of 1935, this Derby Bentley, B103CW, was delivered to first owner Terence Byron. Specified with handsome Rippon Brothers coachwork, B103CW showcased a stylish aerodynamic design popular of the era. The history of Rippon Brothers ? Britain?s oldest coachbuilder and one of its finest ? extends back to the middle of the 16th century when they were craftsmen of coach bodies for English nobility. At the time this car was built, the firm was ranked alongside some of the world?s most prestigious English coachbuilders including Barker, Hooper, H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. Rippon products were priced accordingly and were to be found only on the very best chassis, supplied by marques such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Daimler and Delage. B103CW is one of only two Bentley 31/2 Litre models bodied in this remarkable aerodynamic style by Rippon. The sister car was featured on the Rippon stand at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show in London. B103CW, however, is believed to be the sole surviving example. The sleek aerodynamic design incorporates a narrow roof and a distinctive ridge that runs down the spine of the car. Notably, B103CW was the subject of an article on streamlined cars written and published in The Motor periodical in 1935. Previously thought to have been lost, this car was discovered by well-known collector Steve Hamilton in the mid-1990s. Recognizing its significance, he proceeded with a complete restoration spanning some five years. Mr. Hamilton states that every component, large and small, received attention during the course of the ground-up restoration and, as a result, the car received a Class Award at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d?Elegance. ????A great deal of attention was given to the details of the period-correct restoration, including the fitting of an extremely rare and correct heater, as well as a highly desirable period radio featuring the stations marked by British cities. The boot has a tool kit seated below the upper lid, as well as beautifully finished fitted luggage. Presented in an elegant two-tone dove grey which is thought to be original to the car, the shades accentuate the sporting Rippon design. A subsequent owner purchased this very desirable Bentley in 2007 and enlisted Laurence Anderson of Berkeley, California, to maintain its mechanical systems, ensuring that it was in proper order throughout. In May 2008, the car was shown at Hillsborough Concours d?Elegance where it was judged to be 99 points, a strong testament to its overall condition. As part of a fastidiously maintained California collection, this impressive Bentley remains in equally fine condition today. B103CW is pictured as built in Bentley ? The Silent Sports Car 1931?1941 by Michael Ellman-Brown and later in Bentley Beauty by Neill Fraser and Tomas Knapek in its currently restored state. A special aerodynamic sports saloon, this lovely 31/2 Litre promises its new owner a wonderful experience, whether touring, on show or simply for driving pleasure.

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as of 3/13/2012

Car 1935 Bentley 3 Litre Super Sports
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