1938 Bentley 4.5 Litre SuperchargedSOLD

1938 Bentley 4╝-Litre All-Weather Tourer

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM’s Amelia Island event, March 9, 2013. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Amelia Island.

Chassis No.
B137LE

Estimate:
$200,000 - $250,000 US

126 hp, 4,257 cc OHV six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with live rear axle, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes with power assist. Wheelbase: 126 in.


Original engine, body, and London registration, FXP 472
One of 100 LE Series 4-1/4-Liter chassis built
Stylish Derby Bentley ideal for spirited touring

Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley Motors from W.O. Bentley in 1931, with the promise to continue building Bentley automobiles. It was easier said than done, as the company struggled for two years to build a sporting car that would attract new buyers. The personal notes of the works manager, E.W. Hives, at the factory in Crewe (Derbyshire), record the tall order: Answer to the moods of the driverbe driven fast with safety, or will tour without fuss and noisemaximum speed should not be obtained at the expense of accelerationcontrols, steering, and brakes shall be light to operate, and the braking shall be adequate for a fast carmaximum speed of the car on the road should be 90 mph, 75 mph in third gear.

Reference Number 209552

as of 3/21/2013

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Car 1938 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged
VIN B137LE 
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