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Rossfeldt: Rolls-Royce and Bentley / From the Dawn of the 20th Century into the new Millennium

Bentley 4 Litre

Bentley 4 Litre, 1932, #VA4088, Thrupp & Maberly 4 Light Saloon
Bentley 4 Litre, 1932, #VA4088, Thrupp & Maberly 4 Light Saloon. Never restored and still with its original paintwork this car is an example of a Bentley's durability.

In a valiant attempt to break new ground the Bentley 4 Litre was introduced in 1931 and broke with many traditions of the company. The F-head engine (inlet over exhaust) designed by Ricardo and developed by Bentley neither met the demands of the typical Bentley clientele nor did it attract buyers from the area of prospective Rolls-Royce purchasers. It is not entirely fair though to dismiss the Bentley 4 Litre as being mainly responsible for Bentley having been in such a sad state that they were forced to call in the receiver in 1931. The company's financial situation had been a rather weak one even prior to this final Bentley from Cricklewood appearing on the market.

Bentley 4 Litre, Vanden Plas Tourer
Bentley 4 Litre, 1931, #VA4098, Vanden Plas 2-door 4-Seater Tourer.

Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 85 x 115 mm, capacity 3,915 cc; detachable cast iron cylinder head; overhead inlet valves, side exhaust valves (i.o.e./inlet over exhaust), 2 valves per cylinder, elektron crankcase, single coil ignition, stand-by coil; single dry-plate type clutch; 4-speed gearbox; spiral bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes, wheelbase 3,403.6 mm (134 in) or 3,556 mm (140 in); tyre size 6.50 x 20

Bentley 4 Litre, 1931, #VF4004, H.J. Mulliner Saloon
Bentley 4 Litre, 1931, #VF4004, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. H.J. Mulliner was commissioned to build this metal-panelled to Weymann patents.

No. made:
50 Bentley 4 Litre

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