Instead a lightweight 2-seater exactly complying with the specifications
and instructions of the then owner, a certain Mr. Payling, was built by
Clarke. The new creation combined elements of an open tourer with certain
characteristics of a roadster. It is worth a note that in this case no
attempt was considered to shorten the wheelbase. Thus the chassis didn’t
suffer the fate of a considerable number of other Bentley motor cars.
Transformation of those into Specials very often had included as a major
step to take sections out of the chassis and reduce the wheelbase.
Inevitable other components of the chassis, quite often “safety-related”
components, were subject of alterations, too.
With its present lightweight sport dress this Bentley 4 ¼
Litre is capable, of course, of even more sparkling performance then at the
time when it did long distance tours clothed with the elegant suit that had
been tailored by Park Ward. As regards acceleration and handling the car
does offer the niveau that is promised by its appearance.