Evaluation: Originally bodied by Mulliner with Weymann pattern fabric saloon coachwork, then acquired this Vanden Plas Tourer body (originally from 4 1/2 Liter s/n FS3607) in the late 1940s. Chipped and scratched old paint. Surface cracked upholstery. Orderly, road-used engine and chassis. Just completed a five-day road tour.
Bottom Line: Few examples better exemplify the adage that Bentleys are made to be driven than this 4 1/2. While it didn’t leave Cricklewood with this coachwork the body is correct and originally came from a 4 1/2. Otherwise it is complete and matching numbers throughout, a rare find and well-known among New England Bentley owners. It is an appropriate value at this price.