1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter

Tourer by Vanden Plas
Sale Price
$700,000 - $950,000
Est. Range
1 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. PL3477; Engine no. PL3476. Black with black cloth top over black leather. RHD. 4398/110hp inline four, 4-speed, black wire wheels, Michelin tires, rear-mounted spare, folding windshield, dual Brooklands aeroscreens, spotlight, Marchal headlights, full weather equipment.

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.

by Rick Carey
24 October 2021
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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