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Sold: 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Sports Saloon


-Licensed and registered on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.
-Chasssis B165BL first delivered in London with registration BGN 5.
-Fully functioning and ready to drive.
-Carefully maintained and driven by an enthusiatic member of the RROC and RREC.
-Matching numbers engine and hood
-Recent major engine rebuild in 2005 by Bristol Motors.
-One of six cars delivered in Ultramarine Dark Blue with black fenders.
-Impressive original woodwork with bookmarked dashboard.
-Sold without front club badges or 1934 BC License plate.
-Can be delivered to Richmond/Port of Vancouver for professional worldwide export for a reasonable fee.
-Sold as is with no warrantee whatsoever.
-Detailed paint and chrome apraisal availble on request

Bentley B165BL by Nick Northeast

Delivered new to E. W. Smith ( who was associated with instrument manufacture but not the “Smith” of Smith’s instruments ) of Bletchingley House, Bletchingley, Surrey on September 22nd 1934 and supplied by Car Mart. Build records which will be included with the sale indicate car was ultramarine with black fenders (wings) and fawn interior. I have pieced together the ownership history from new – see separate document. The car passed through various owners and was shipped to Canada in 1970 where it was restored and painted white. Next owner acquired car in 1980 and had the heater installed at that time. The leather was replaced in red, which is still in good condition. He had the starter motor rebuilt in 1981 and then the interior fabric except the headliner. In 1987 he had installed a stainless steel exhaust system and the road springs re tempered plus new wefco gaiters. The dynamo was rebuilt in 1994 and the brake servo in 1999. I acquired car October 2003. By this time the engine was showing signs of wear and in late 2004 suffered a broken wrist pin in one of the pistons. Over the next 9 months the engine was rebuilt completely, cylinders sleeved to original spec with new pistons and Mk. VI con rods replacing the original ones whose design utilized external oil pipes. All bearings were replaced and mains white metalled and line bored. Engine was rebuilt at Bristol Motors in Victoria BC, the same shop that is entrusted to look after the ex John Lennon 1965 Phantom V 5VD73 for the Province of BC.
Car has covered just in excess of 7000 miles since all recorded in a log book that will be included. An earlier log book from 1970 plus many invoices that date back as far as 1971 will also be included. When I purchased the car, it had no original tools. However an original wheel wrench and “C” spanner for the wheel discs will be included. The car also has its original ignition/door key. ( see photo ).

I have checked with the DVLA in the UK and the license number BGN 5 has not been assigned to another vehicle so I believe, but can not guarantee, the number should be recoverable if the car is returned to the UK.

Notes on Car Condition

Car came with added heater in the front centre foot well and a battery cut off switch on inner aspect of firewall bulkhead. Lap seat belts are fitted but are not attached to adequate anchor points. “Better than nothing” is how I describe them.

Acquired and refinished genuine forward leaning “B” mascot with steam valve .
( Old radiator cap included to use as “town cap” )

2004 – 2005
Engine – full rebuild to original specs except using Mk VI conrods with internal oil passage to wrist pins, cylinders re-sleeved, mains white metalled and line bored, new alloy pistons, correct upper radiator hose set up, Ignition set up with 2 original rebuilt bakelite coils and correct ballast resistor on double coil mounting bracket. [ Note – as used in later series cars but original single coil mount bracket comes with the car ].

New Battery, Fenders painted Maroon

New Clutch lining

Chrome front and rear bumpers, powder coat front engine mount and bumper brackets and safety hooks

From Fiennes Engineering : Install correct new fuel nickel plated supply pipes from filter through to fuel pumps to carburettors.

Stafford Vehicle Components : Reproduction “D’ tail lights and side light conversion with 2 flasher units so the trafficator arms work in conjunction with flashing indicators, all from original clockwork switch.

Strip paint and powder coat in light grey all wire wheels, paint and finish chrome rings and wheel nuts for “deluxe” wheel discs, 2 new Bridgestone tires. Rebuild fuel pumps, one with points, the other electronic conversion

New wheel bearings

The Frawley Company, (Pennsylvania ) :
Master Switch stripped and rebuilt
Re engrave and finish Master switch, Starter button, Steering wheel boss,
re- chrome horn button, door handle escutcheons

Replace original failing speedometer with original rebuilt unit from Avenuemail U.K.
Re-chrome ParkWard coach plates.

Future work needed to my knowledge –

Mechanically for the most part the car is in good condition and has always started regularly “ on the button” with good oil pressure. It idles smoothly and will tick over at 500 rpm when warm but is more comfortable at about 800-900 rpm. On the road the car is smooth and tracks well. I prefer not to exceed 3000 rpm so I tend to drive at 55 – 60 mph. Battery has been maintained but is now 10 years old so new one is due
The gear box has never been dismantled during my ownership and although is perfectly useable, I feel there is wear, pulling hard up a steep hill in second gear I have had the car jump out of gear and the synchromesh is worn. Clutch was replaced in 2005 but with a fully loaded car up a steep hill some slip is evident. Care is needed to not overheat it. When clutch is depressed there is some whine from possibly the thrust bearing but so far hasn’t affected its drive-ability. The clutch on the early Derbys is known for early wear but Fiennes Engineering have developed a modification to address the problem. Drive dogs have slight click so will likely need attention in the future. Car has always braked well and the the servo works fine but I have not examined them lately.
The bijur oiling system works but has not been checked for correct oil flow at the nipples. I suspect it can be improved. Calorstat radiator shutters work.
All lights work, including interior light but an upgrade to brighter LEDs and possible reflector re-silvering would no doubt improve night driving. Chrome on P100s is reasonable but there are nicks and small dents. Centre spot light is Notek with WW II era shutter. I had custom covers made for all 3 headlights ( see photo ) Horn works. Trafficator arms work in conjunction with amber flashing indicators all off the original clockwork switch. All dash instruments work including the clock and night illumination.


At time of engine rebuild, the opportunity was taken to clean the firewall bulkhead aluminum and the chassis side rails. The previous owner to me had a long unfinished driveway and so along with the oiling system, a layer of oily clay covered much of the underside of the car. Without dismantling anything, I spent many hours underneath the car to clean it but the mixture had seemed to work as a rust inhibitor because I was amazed how sound the chassis is underneath. I believe it is due to the high carbon content of the steel used in combination with the oil layer. One arm part of the running board support brackets each has been cut away in the past for no reason that I can see. Also not present are under trays or the mudguard liners to the fenders.
There is aluminum corrosion in parts of the coachwork with areas of paint bubbling and cracking especially around the roof drains – probably the weakest aspect to the car. The white paint was done around 1970 or so is due for a repaint. Sun roof still works but fabric is “tired”. The doors do not droop and close readily with nice fit lines. The window mechanisms work but the glass channel felting is worn so the windows do not wind as smoothly as they should and need help to guide them. Carpet dates from approximately 1980 and is worn and needs replacing .
I believe the previous owner had a minor rear end accident. Repair work to the trunk lid was not the best in my opinion. Fit gap is poor and is not entirely waterproof. The trunk lid had been attached to chains instead of brackets to hold it in the open position and the original step down from the trunk floor for tools had been modified with the addition of 3 drawers ( see photo ). The chains were not vintage looking but I found the original lid stays amongst some spares that came with the car. I removed the chains and fitted the stays but had to improvise somewhat to make them work. Before any repaint the bodywork issues as outlined need to be addressed.
Wood work is original walnut and is in above average condition, glove box itself has been remade in the 1980s however the lid is original but knob is not. Other dash board switches are genuine.
Note bulkhead has never been drilled to accommodate the original jack. I believe the jack for this early series car would have been located in the trunk along with the other major tools.

1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Windovers Sedanca Coupe

Today we saw the incredible 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Windovers Sedanca Coupe chassis B111FC which is one of the very best Derby Bentleys in the world at RM Auction’s Amelia Island sale in Florida.

Estimate is $300,000 – $400,000 without reserve.

Auction Specialist Alexander Weaver was kind enough to open B111FC up completely exposing an immaculate engine bay and tool tray in the trunk.

RM Auctions list the highlights as:

*Offered from the estate of Charles “Chuck” Swimmer
*One of the most beautiful Bentleys ever produced
*Lightweight one-off coachwork
*Ordered by its original owner for a Royal Automobile Club tour
*A 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance award winner
*Featured in most of the important Bentley reference texts

Bentley Derby Tool Kit

Pieces of the Derby Tool kit in a replica Silver Ghost tool roll.

One of the more interesting topics concerning our new Bentley is what we are missing. By that I mean the exhaustive tool kit and supplies that were originally delivered with the car from new.

Fortunately our friend Nick Northeast came by and showed us his impressive collection that accompanies his own Derby Bentley. We wasted no time to document Nick’s entire kit which can number over 50 pieces depending on the car.

Nick tells us that the kit is similar to the standard Rolls-Royce output, but has Bentley specific pieces such as early F.B. spanners and the unobtainable Bentley Motors Ltd. feeler gauge.

The harder to find Bentley-specific parts of the kit.

4 Tommy Bars and their Double Ended Box Spanners

Unrestored Lucas Bulb Holder with correct holder and a Lucas Type 97 inspection lamp.

Tire related Tools: Dunlop Jack with handle. Ace Corncraft Wheel Disc Spanner, Rudge Whitworth Wheel Nut Spanner, Kinsman MKII Tyre Pump, Hammer, Starting Bar, Starting Handle.

Entire selection of the small tools in the replica Phantom II roll.

Bentley Specific List of Nick’s tools:

1931 Bentley Motors Ltd. Feeler Gauges
Double Ended Jaw Spanner 3BA w ¼BSF FB559
Double Ended Jaw Spanner 1BA w ¼BSF w FB560
Double Ended Jaw Spanner 5/16BSF w ⅜BSF FB561
Double Ended Jaw Spanner 7/16BSF w ½BSF FB562
Double Ended Jaw Spanner FB563
Single Ended Jaw Spanner 11/16BSF FB2190
Valve Tool Comprising Clamp with Adaptor EB809
Rocker Tappet Adjustment Spanner E79087
Nestel Oil Syringe FB82659
Air Silencer Spanner EB2126
Petrol Tank Drain Plug Key FB564
Double Ended Box Spanner 3BA w 2BA F9809
Double Ended Box Spanner 1BA w ¼BSF F9810
Double Ended Box Spanner 5/16BSF w 3/8BSF F9811
Double Ended Box Spanner 7/16BSF w ½BSF F9812
Double Ended Box Spanner ¾BSF w 13/16 F9814
Tommy Bar 3/16BSF E7342
Tommy Bar ¼BSF E7658
Tommy Bar 5/16 E9048
Tommy Bar 7/16 E12645


Peter Charlton has found this exceptional Derby tool kit and has kindly let us feature it on this page.

It looks like the type tucks away in the trunk is sometimes integraded on a separate tray or on the inside of the trunk panel itself.

He says “Looks to be unused and totally original.
They used both FB and F series box spanners, I guess the coach builder used what he had available.
Pliers look to be nickel plated and no markings.
The open ended spanners have no markings as you would expect, but are modified RR tools then cadmium coated. Even the small contacts spanner has had it’s markings removed.
I did a bit of searching in the RROC archives. I found a 3 1/2 litre tool list. It clearly states that the open ended tools are to be made from modified RR tools.”