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1934 Derby Bentley 3.5 Litre Park Ward DHC For Sale

1934 Derby Bentley 3. 5 Litre Park Ward DHC

Chassis Number: B106DG

Registration Number: BRE409

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A one off design by Park Ward of which only one example was built making it unique. The design is a very short close coupled drophead coupe with particualrly pleasing & rakish lines. BRE409 was purchased by & built for one Leslie Hawkins; an English Gentleman of some repute. He was a large Staffordshire landowner & also the proprietor of a Brick Works & Tyre Company. A well known Rolls Royce enthusiast he once swapped a combine harvestor for a Rolls Royce.

A close friend of his was Bentley design engineer Roy Rowbottom & working together they came up with this short bodied design which was executed to perfection by noted builders Park Ward; coachwork that it retains to this day. In 1947 he sold the car on to His Grace the Duke of Grafton where it then resided at Euston Hall in Thetford.

The car has been owned for three decades by the current owner whom at the sprightly age of 87 has decided the car needs to go to a new home, having purchased the car in 1993. He purchased it freshly restored by Dale powers Automotive inc of Florida & has used it sparingly during his tenure. The engine is silent starting instantly & exhibiting good oil pressure whilst runniing cool. The steering is light & play free. Under the bonnet the engine bay is nicely detailed & tidy retaining its twin bakelight mushroom coils.

The car is finished in a cream over chestnut brown colour scheme with the paint being in good order thoughout. To the interior is tan leather again in good but lightly patinated conditon. Ample seating for four is provided with ingress to the rear by way of a forward folding passengers seat. The hood is a beige cloth affair in good condition easily folding back for alfresco motoring. The spare wheel is mounted to the rear under a circular aluminium cover.

All in all this is a lovely & pure early Derby Bentley with very light coachwork benefitting from simplicity of design & of pleasing appearance. As a result performance is every bit as good as & indeed better then many 4. 25 Litre cars. It is a pleasure to drive.

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