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1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre

VdP Le Mans Tourer

  • Delivered new via Henley’s in March 1928 to English actor Ronald Squire
  • The first 4 ½ Litre to be fitted with the upgraded ‘heavy’ type front axle bed
  • The only 4 ½ Litre to be fitted with open tourer bodywork by Carbodies
  • Raced by George ‘Tweedie’ Walker at Silverstone & Prescott in the 1950’s
  • Retaining its original numbered chassis, engine, front/rear axles & steering box
  • Fitted with self-wrapping brakes, overdrive & engine rebuilt using Phoenix crank & rods

Factory records show that chassis KM3092 was delivered new by Henley’s Limited to noted actor Ronald Squire of Bloomsbury, London. Sporting a one-off, open four-seater body by Carbodies, ‘KM3092’ was also the first Bentley to use a heavy type front axle bed which was introduced to facilitate the use of a self-wrapping braking system which was duly fitted to this car.

With documented ownership changes in the London area during the 1930’s, it was not until the Bentley passed into the ownership of George Tweedie-Walker, a well-known character within the Bentley Drivers Club that the 4 ½ Litre would see competition use with ‘Tweedie’ using the Bentley at Silverstone and Prescott – there are numerous photos within the history files charting his sporting use.

After twelve years of ownership ‘Tweedie’ sold ‘KM3092’ to fellow Bentley enthusiast Oliver Suffield from Solihull who would own the 4 ½ for the next thirty-nine years. During his ownership Suffield comprehensively restored the Bentley to Le Mans specification with tremendous results and the entire process was recorded by photographs, invoices, diagrams and letters.

Numerous cosmetic improvements were made by the Bentley’s subsequent owner; James Broomfield of Harpenden who decided to repaint the body in Brooklands green, retrim the interior, fit a new hood, fit a Le Mans style petrol tank and add new wheels and tyres.

‘KM3092’ would pass through the hands of two more owners, one of whom entrusted major mechanical work to Elmdown Engineering Ltd and William Medcalf Vintage Bentley, which included a complete engine rebuild utilising Phoenix crank and rods, re-wiring of the car and overhauling the braking system – invoices for these works accompany the car. In 2010, the 4 ½ participated on a tour of New Zealand before being acquired by the current owner.

During the past seven years of ownership, ‘KM3092’ has been maintained regardless of cost but has also been used as intended with no less than six appearances on the notorious Flying Scotsman Rally and raced at the Goodwood Revival in the Brooklands Trophy and once with the Benjafields Club at Silverstone. Servicing of the Bentley has been shared between William Medcalf Vintage Bentley, NDR and Kingsbury Racing.

Today, ‘KM3092’ is presented in first class order and completely on the button following a recent service at Kingsbury Racing. Fitted with D-Type gearbox, overdrive, 3” exhaust manifold to Brooklands exhaust, this is a superb opportunity to enter 4 ½ Litre Le Mans rep ownership.

Following an inspection of the Bentley by a marque expert, a report verifying the Bentley’s correctly numbered components is available upon request.

Photo Credit: Riiko-Andre Nuud, Riiko Photo

 

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