1937 Bentley 4¼ Ltr Vanden Plas Three Position Drop Head Coupe B45KU (1937)




Chassis No. B45KU
Unusually, this car was originally finished in silver, and still is, now enhanced with deep red waistline and matching leather, all in good order, and the dashboard and door cappings are finished in black lacquer. The car has benefitted hugely from major restoration work by the last two owners, including an engine overhaul (aluminium head), installation of a fully rebuilt 'MX' series overdrive gearbox, rear axle overhaul, radiator rebuild, and a great deal of other mechanical work, including to brakes and chassis generally, much of it carried out by Fiennes Restorations. A new mohair hood was fitted in 2009. Altogether, something in the region of £200,000 has been spent, all documented with detailed invoices in the fat folder that is with the car. There is too much to list here, but all of the invoices are available for inspection. As you can perhaps imagine, the car runs very well! Desirable, attractive, 'well sorted' and now representing very good value for money. Offered serviced and MoT tested until October 2023.
Chassis No. B45KU                    Reg No. ELF 314                    
Snippets: A lady of Speed – Miss Nora MacCaw
Miss Nora MacCaw (1893/1971) was a lover of both Speed & Style - her cars included a Bentley 8 Litre, several 4 ½ Ltrs, 3 Derby Bentleys, a PIII to mention a few!!  Nora & her siblings were born in India and was the youngest child of William & Eleanor MacCaw; he had qualified as a solicitor but he & his wife had moved to Calcutta where he joined the firm of Kettlewell, Bullen & Co (est 1853), managing agents for jute & cotton mills, tea, railways.  By 1895 William had become a partner and in 1895 he was elected President of the firm, when he returned to the UK he became involved in politics and stood as Unionist MP for West Down.  Nora had 2 brothers & a sister Sir Vivian (1883/1936) who in 1932 became Sheriff of Calcutta & was knighted in shortly before his death, Guy (1886/1952) who during WWI served with the 17th Lancers and was awarded the Military Cross, her sister Vera was educated in England alongside Guy where they stayed with Hubert Hind (Vicar of Stoke) and his family.  Nora was a keen traveller and spent her summers in Biarritz with her companion Mrs. Lillian A Jupp.  By 1941 B45KU was with another keen automobilist Hermon Bradley of Bilston – his wife Eleanor Bird was a member of the Bird’s Custard family who were well known for their Yellow cars!  The Bradley family firm was started by Walter Bradley with the production of frying pans and buckets, it soon evolved into kettles, cake stands, ironing boards and history has it that the company name of “Beldray” came about when Walter asked his sons Hermon & Hector to spell their surname with their wooden alphabet bricks and they got it wrong & the Beldray brand was born!  Later fascinating British owners include Ronald Olaf Hambro (Banker, tragically widowed when his wife drowned in Loch Ness; Fred Parsons (printing & press), E. Deshaw (Ismay lamps), John W. S. Utley (Cotton Mills & rally driver), John S. Batchelor (Orthopaedic Surgeon & Rugby player), Dr. L. E. Ridge (3rd generation medical man)
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  • Year: 1937
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Silver

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