Unique Bent­ley can be yours

All you need to do is win the bid­ding at Brooklands – top es­ti­mate £200k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Gil­lian car­moodie www.historics.co.uk

A 1934 Bent­ley 3½ Litre Road­ster with a unique hand-crafted body will be for sale at Historics at Brooklands sale in Sur­rey on 20 Au­gust.

Ex­pected to fetch be­tween £160,000200,000, its name­sake crafted the Ian pit­ney Special in Jan­uary 2013 when he de­cided to mod­ify a 1934 Bent­ley 3½ litre. Wind­sor-based restora­tion spe­cial­ist Ian be­gan by seal­ing the chas­sis and clean­ing the en­gine an­cil­lar­ies be­fore mov­ing onto to pro­duc­ing an open tourer with a Monza tail and ‘fly­ing wings’. Mean­while the cock­pit has been repo­si­tioned fur­ther back than was orig­i­nally in the ve­hi­cle, while a hand­curved ex­haust and Le Mans style fuel filler cap have also been fitted.

This par­tic­u­lar Bent­ley (chas­sis num­ber B183AE) is pre­sented in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion. pow­ered by an L16 en­gine, it comes with a four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and has a top speed of about 90mph. The odome­ter reads just un­der 45,000 miles. Ed­ward Bridger-Stille, di­rec­tor of Historics at Brooklands, says: ‘It is such a treat to be asked to rep­re­sent not just one man’s dream made flesh but one of the finest craftsman still prac­tic­ing the art of panel craft. Ev­ery inch has been gen­tly moulded, beaten, formed and rolled to turn plain alu­minium into what is now an or­gan­i­cally vis­ceral sport­ing tourer.

‘It is in­tri­cately con­sid­ered with no cor­ners cut and ab­so­lutely gor­geous from ev­ery an­gle. A true work of art.’

‘It is in­tri­cately con­sid­ered, with no cor­ners cut and ab­so­lutely gor­geous from ev­ery an­gle’

Pit­ney restora­tions has been cre­at­ing one-off alu­minium pan­els for pre and post-wwii mo­tor­cars since 1973, fol­low­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques for both panel shap­ing and fit­ting.

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