Unique Bentley can be yours
All you need to do is win the bidding at Brooklands – top estimate £200k
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.