1937 Bentley Thrupp & Maberly Sports Saloon (1937)




Chassis B169JY

Although originally a 4¼ litre, this car was at some point in its life fitted with an earlier 3½ litre engine originally fitted in a 1935 Bentley. An attractive car in good all round condition, with excellent, relatively recent, deep reddish brown leather interior, new carpets and headlining, all well executed and smart. The frontal aspect is very impressive, with P100 headlights, Ace 'Cornercroft' sidelights, a Marchal centre spot, and a pair of Lucas 'Alto' horns, and the full set of Ace wheel discs add to the car's handsome appearance. The box file of history with the car includes invoices, MoT certificates, tax discs, a green logbook from the 1960s, a complete ownership record and an original 3½ litre handbook. Running and driving nicely, lively in performance, with a good feel on the road. Offered serviced and prepared, fitted with new tyres and newly MoT tested. Nice registration number too!

Chassis No.  B169JY                  Reg. No. MG 5515            
Snippets: Stockbrokers and Theatre
B169JY was owned by Gaston de Castro for almost 20 years until the mid 1950s.  De Castro was a stockbroker with an early interest in motoring (and speed), in 1907 he was charged with “covering the distance of 176yards in 12 secs (30 miles an hour)!  His business interests included being a director and chairman of the yacht brokerage firm of Gadjah Poetih Co Ltd, co-directors included Pierre Vermeersch, Harold Holt & Robert Hallet with the company secretary being Raoul Pontus.  During the 1950s B169JY was with Councillor P. Davies of Staines and Frederick W. Fox an accountant who had worked in Bulawayo, Rhodesia prior to returning to England.  During the ‘60s and ‘70s the car was with John Chartres Mather a screenwriter/producer turned Theatrical Agent who in 1965 took over the British office of the established American agency of William Morris.  John Mather’s involvement with the theatre can be traced back to when, aged just 19, in 1941 whilst with the Kinross Home Guard he arranged a Grand Dance & Cabaret and later with ENSA.  In 1951 Mather persuaded Bela Lugosi to star in the British touring stage production of Dracula and twenty years later he produced “The Avengers” at The Prince of Wales Theatre starring Simon Oates and Kate O’Mara.  The next long term owner was R. M. Ecroyd a dairy farm in the district of Hereford who in 1959 took over the old rectory of Brinsop and moved there with his wife and 8 month old son.  Mr Ecroyd already had two other farms with an acreage of some 277 acres for his cattle.
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  • Year: 1937
  • Doors: 5
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red

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