1939 BENT­LEY 4 ¼-LITRE RUSS-TURNER SPE­CIAL

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Com­bin­ing the words ‘Bent­ley’ and ‘spe­cial’, can of­ten con­jure up images of fright­fully-pro­por­tioned, unattrac­tive mo­tors us­ing post-war me­chan­i­cals and in­ad­e­quately ap­ing the looks of pre-war cars. This car, built around a 1939 car’s chas­sis and run­ning gear in the mid-1960s, was any­thing but that. ‘Rusty’ Russ-Turner knew a thing or two about pre-war Bent­leys, own­ing a car raced by Sir Henry Birkin in the early 1960s. Dur­ing that decade he set about cre­at­ing sports rac­ers built us­ing thencheap Derby Bent­ley donors. This car – which started life as a Park Ward sa­loon – had its body re­moved, its chas­sis short­ened and light­weight coach­work and a Wade su­per­charger fit­ted. Af­ter The car was later owned by As­ton Martin boss Vic­tor Gauntlett, politi­cian David Steele and Bent­ley spe­cial­ist Stan­ley Mann. In smart, but not im­mac­u­late or­der, it wasn’t ex­pen­sive for what it was.

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