Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis , Missouri
1937 Bentley 4 Litre Thrupp Maberly Four-door Salon
Custom-built for the first owners
One of only 1,234 Bentley 4 litre models built between 1936 and 1939
One-owner car since 1976
Restored in 1997 and has been garage-kept for the past 20 years
4.3L inline six-cylinder engine
Four-speed manual transmission
Four-wheel brakes with servo assistance
Dark Blue exterior with tan leather interior
Drivers side, side-mounted spare tire
Documentation includes original owners manual
Own this Vehicle from $999 per month-call 636-600-4600
Elegant, stately and dignified, MotoeXotica Classic Cars is very pleased to present this 1937 Bentley 4 litre four-door 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, Thrupp-Maberly of London, England, custom-built 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 garage-kept 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, rear-hinged coach doors, and drivers side, side-mounted 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 double-dropped layout to gain vertical space for the axles and thus keep the profiles of the cars low. The strong chassis needed no diagonal cross-bracing and was very light in comparison to the chassis built by its contemporary competitors, weighing in at 2,510 pounds in drive-able form ready for delivery to the customer's chosen coachbuilder.
Under the bonnet (hood), is Bentleys 4.3L straight six-cylinder 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 four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh available in third and fourth gears.
This English classic rolls on BFGoodrich Silvertown tires, size 5.50-18, 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 near-excellent order, as is the contrasting blue Wilton wool carpet. The headliner and three-spoke 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 car's 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, two-hundred thirty-four 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, three-time 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 Rolls-Royce connoisseur, a British or European car collector of simply someon