A fabulous driving Vintage Bentley, recently out of long-term family ownership and subject of extensive mechanical refurbishment. Your ticket to prestigious driving events worldwide.
We are pleased to offer this delightful 1930 4 ½ litre tourer, chassis number FS 3601. According to Stanley Sedgwick’s excellent reference All the Pre-War Bentleys, this home market car was first delivered in August 1930 to William Findlay. It was originally equipped with a Weymann Saloon body by Vanden Plas, and registered GH5449, a number plate it proudly displays. Little is known of the car’s early history beyond the factory records; however, it is understood that the current open four-seat tourer body was fitted by one of the masters of Vintage Bentley restorations, Tony Townshend of Whittonditch Works. In recent years, this beautiful Bentley enjoyed long-term, single-family ownership both in England and the West Coast of the United States where it was used regularly by an active member of the Bentley Driver’s Club. The owner and his family participated in numerous BDC tours and events and kept the car in fabulous condition for driving enjoyment.
It presents in excellent condition, with a light and pleasant patina that suits a Vintage Bentley so well. The classic dark green paintwork is in very good order on the wings, bonnet, and chassis. The painted body parts were restored in 2011 in England, while the car was being serviced by Elmdown Engineering in Berks, England. Some minor blemishes are visible on the bonnet, which come hand-in-hand with regular use. The Weymann-style fabric body is in excellent order, showing a mild patina that is in keeping with this being a well-loved and regularly exercised example. It is detailed with exterior tool boxes, folding windscreen, dual Brooklands aeroscreens, a Brooklands style fan-tip exhaust and beautiful nickel-plated Karl Zeiss headlamps. Weather equipment includes a vinyl folding hood and two-piece tonneau covers for front and rear cockpits. Turn signals have been added for additional safety while touring, and are easily removable should the next owner so choose.