1938 Bentley Derby 4 1/4 Coachwork by Van den PlasSOLD

THIS SPECIAL “ONE-OFF” 1938 DERBY BENTLEY DROPHEAD COUPE B84LS WILL BE PRESENTED AT RUSSO AND STEELE’S 9TH ANNUAL MONTEREY EVENT

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This absolutely beautiful Derby Bentley six-place convertible with rumble seat is a special "one-off" specifically documented in the Bentley books. It was originally commissioned in 1937 by Scottish sportsman Captain Douglas Krauss and was first registered in the UK in May of 1938 as ELB3. At that time, it was tested and documented by AutoCar Magazine as a “one-off” special-bodied Vanden Plas drophead coupe.

Reference Number 46454

as of 7/3/2009

Overview
Car 1938 Bentley Derby 4 1/4 Coachwork by Van den Plas
VIN B84LS 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Blue 
Condition Exceptional 
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Known History

Russo and Steele’s much anticipated 9th Annual ‘Sports & Muscle at the Marriott’ auction event has earned a reputation for providing superior customer service and unparalleled quality automobiles. It presents a range of the most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, Hot rods and custom automobiles, but will also provide every enthusiast a unique and memorable event. The auction event is August 13th -15th, 2009 at the Marriott Hotel in historic downtown Monterey; presenting a diverse range of highly collectable marquees and models suitable to satisfy any automotive desires.

This absolutely beautiful Derby Bentley six-place convertible with rumble seat is a special "one-off" specifically documented in the Bentley books. It was originally commissioned in 1937 by Scottish sportsman Captain Douglas Krauss and was first registered in the UK in May of 1938 as ELB3. At that time, it was tested and documented by AutoCar Magazine as a “one-off” special-bodied Vanden Plas drophead coupe.

 

The engine (4.25L) was pulled down in early 1991, and its water jackets were cleaned. No parts required replacement! The body was completely dismantled, bead-blasted to the bare aluminum, then repainted in Mercedes Benz Magnetite Blue. Concurrently, all the chrome was replated at the finest plating facility in the country in Nashville, TN, and the interior was reupholstered using Connolly hides, with English carpeting and separate lambs wool rugs and a German cloth top. New tires were fitted and stainless steel spokes were installed in the wheels and polished. An original luggage rack and trunk were also added.

 

This past year, two examples of special-bodied Bentleys have graced the auction block here in the USA, and found new owners after considerable long-term ownership. A 1938 Derby fixed head coupe sold for $1.7 + million, and a 1948 drophead coupe for $1.2 + million. Both cars were comparable with B84LS.

 

This beauty is probably THE finest driving pre-war vintage car in the world today. It is absolutely Concours quality. Displayed at many major Concours d’Elegance events around the country, B84LS has received an initial invitation to the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as Bentley is again this year’s featured marquee.

 

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