For Sale 1936 Derby Bentley William Arnold Slipstream Saloon
Renowned for their elegance and refinement, this is a wonderful example of a pre-war Derby Bentley, and a well-known vehicle in club circles.
Under the bonnet is the 4.25-litre straight-six, producing up to 125bhp, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission
For more than 20 years, this 4¼ Litre Sports Saloon was previously owned by Douglas Reece, who became RREC Derby Bentley Registrar, and who treated the car to significant mechanical and cosmetic restoration work.
There are invoices on file showing more than £50,000 worth of work carried out by our very own restoration department.
This 1936 Bentley 4¼ Litre was built at the Rolls-Royce facility in Derby and was subsequently bodied as a Sports Saloon by William Arnold of Manchester.
It was delivered new to Dr. William Moir Webster Shepherd, who was honorary surgeon to the Doncaster Royal Infirmary as well as a consulting surgeon to other hospitals in Yorkshire. The car remained in Yorkshire for around 10 years with several other owners, before being acquired by a gentleman in Cornwall just after WWII.
In more recent years, while still in Cornwall it was acquired by Douglas Reece in the 1990s, who would go on to become RREC Derby Bentley Registrar in 2006. The car would remain in his possession until he passed away.
During Mr Reece’s ownership, the car was subject of major refurbishment work, including a full repaint, a full re-trim in the market favoured Connolly leather, and an overhaul of both the engine and gearbox including a new cylinder head and conversion to a high-ratio rear axle.
On the inside a rear bench seat with central fold-down armrest, a sliding sunroof panel, front door pockets and adjustable side armrests, and full length running boards.
Accompanying the car is an extensive history, including some paperwork from as far back as the 1930s, plus numerous invoices from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and an original 1956 buff log book. A set of 27 consecutive MOT test certificates is also on file. More significantly, there is a raft of paperwork covering the previous ownership, incorporating more than £50,000 worth of work carried out by Fiennes Engineering
On the outside the paintwork is generally in very good condition, with some minor wear to the door edges and boot edge as shown in the detailed gallery, but overall presenting very well for its age.
The chrome work all looks impressive, and the glass is also in good order.
Having been re-trimmed in Mid Blue Connolly leather, the cabin looks particularly inviting, with the front seats showing slight signs of patina. The wood dashboard and door cappings are in great shape, as is the re-trimmed headlining, and the steering wheel also presents well.
Recent works carried out:
In August 2021 at an indicated 56,468 miles, Hartgrove Engineering attended to the front and rear brakes, also inspecting and adjusting the handbrake and brake servo.
Routine maintenance was carried out prior to this in winter 2018 and 2017, with 5,000-mile interval servicing In 2017, the front hubs were removed and cleaned, with the same work for the rear hubs in 2018. The latter service also included re-greasing of the driving dogs, and cleaning and greasing of the splines.
It has received regular applications through the central lubrication system to keep the car in good mechanical order following the significant refurbishment under the previous owner.
This Bentley 4¼ Litre Sports Saloon by William Arnold is a stylish and delightful pre-war coachbuilt machine that exemplifies the highest quality of pre-war British motor cars. The seller states that it has an uncanny ability to drive like a modern car at a cruise, sitting comfortably at around 70mph for long distances in comfort. It would make a truly charming addition to any collection, and could be a wonderful introduction to pre-war Bentley motoring to someone with a diverse range of classic and vintage vehicles.
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