1937 Bentley 4 Litre Thrupp Maberly Fourdoor Salon
Custombuilt for the first owners
One of only 1,234 Bentley 4 litre models built between 1936 and 1939
Oneowner car since 1976
Restored in 1997 and has been garagekept for the past 20 years
4.3L inline sixcylinder engine
Fourspeed manual transmission
Fourwheel brakes with servo assistance
Dark Blue exterior with tan leather interior
Drivers side, sidemounted spare tire
Documentation includes original owners manual
Elegant, stately and dignified, MotoeXotica Classic Cars is very pleased to present this 1937 Bentley 4 litre fourdoor Salon. This example is one of only 1,234 Bentley 4 litre models built between 1936 and 1939.
The Bentley factory in Derby, England furnished the cars chassis only; the onus was on the customer to select his own coachbuilder and body style. Highly regarded coachbuilder, ThruppMaberly of London, England, custombuilt this car for its original owners, who had a beautiful St. Christophers medallion put into the instrument panel.
It has had one owner since 1976. He has lovingly taken care of it since he bought it and his family has enjoyed it in many ways. It has been used for picnics, proms, weddings, etc. The family had story after story of the Bentley being in car shows, in parades, at family events, strangers stopping them and just in general about how much the car has been loved and enjoyed by them. It has been part of the family. It was restored in 1997 and has been garagekept for the past 22 years. The car has been reportedly maintained to the highest of levels by a professional Bentley mechanic.
Dressed in dark blue, the exterior paint and trim are in overall great condition, with minor blemishes visible upon close inspection, as expected with an older restoration. This Bentley features solid and straight bodywork, including its four, rearhinged coach doors, and drivers side, sidemounted spare tire. The left semaphore (turnsignal) sticks and there are no ewipers Its engine bay is quite tidy, the boot (trunk) is in satisfactory order while the chrome/nickel headlight pods, towering vertical grille and bumpers look great.
The chassis was manufactured from nickel steel and featured a doubledropped layout to gain vertical space for the axles and thus keep the profiles of the cars low. The strong chassis needed no diagonal crossbracing and was very light in comparison to the chassis built by its contemporary competitors, weighing in at 2,510 pounds in driveable form ready for delivery to the customers chosen coachbuilder.
Under the bonnet (hood), is Bentleys 4.3L straight sixcylinder engine, which replaced the earlier 3.7L six. Bentley added engine displacement to mitigate the increasingly heavy coachwork of the period and as Bentley endured stiff marketplace competition. Mated to the engine is a fourspeed manual transmission with synchromesh available in third and fourth gears.
This English classic rolls on BFGoodrich Silvertown tires, size 5.5018, that surround a set of gray wire wheels. The wheels look great while the tires are in satisfactory shape.
Inside, it is ordained with black walnut and beautiful tan Connolly leather interior. The front and rear split bench seats are in nearexcellent order, as is the contrasting blue Wilton wool carpet. The headliner and threespoke steering wheel are in great condition. The burled black walnut instrument panel has a full array of gauges while the inner door panels are in great shape. There are unexpected touches common from 1930 coachbuilders bud vases, the black walnut inner door trim and more.
Beginning in March 1936, a4 litreversion of the car was offered as replacement for the 3 litre, in order to offset the increasing weight of coachwork and maintain the cars sporting image in the face of stiff competition. The engine was bored to 3inches for a total of 4.3L. From 1938 the MR and MX series cars featuredMarles steeringand an overdrive gearbox.
One thousand, twohundred thirtyfour 4 litre cars were built, withPark Wardremaining the most popular coachbuilder. Many cars were bodied in steel rather than the previous, more expensive, aluminum over ash frame construction.
Some famous first Bentley 4 litre drivers:
Woolf Barnato, racing driver & former Bentley chairman
Prince Bira, racing driver and Olympic sailor
Sir Malcolm Campbell, nine times World Land Speed Record holder
Billy Cotton, bandleader
George Eyston, threetime World Land Speed Record holder
E. R. Hall, racing driver and Winter Olympian
Raymond Mays, racing driver
Robert Montgomery, actor
Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, diamond and gold mining entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist
Bernard Rubin, racing driver
Documentation includes original owners manual. Whether youre a Bentley or RollsRoyce connoisseur, a British or European car collector of simply someone who wants a onceinalifetime vehicle to own and enjoy, you should stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to pore over this preWorld War II British classic.
Competition to this Bentley in 1937 included Auburns 852 Series, Cadillacs Series 60 Touring Sedan, Cords 812, Duesenbergs Model J, Lincolns Zephyr, Packards Super 8 1500 Series, PierceArrows 1701 Series and Studebakers President Series.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 87,274 kilometers or 54,230 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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