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Car of the Month - May 2003
Bentley 3 1/2 Litre, 1934, #B73BN
Windovers Sedanca Coupé

Windover was founded in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1796. Business increased considerably after in 1856 Charles Windover, having taken over the company from his father, acquired the established carriage-maker Frances Armstrong in Huntingdon. After a short period Windover was listed as the town’s largest employer. Before he died in 1900 he had been involved in arranging for the first bodies to be erected for „horseless carriages“. In coachbuilding for motor cars the company succeeded very well and in 1924 a second factory was established in Colindale, North London.

Bodies made in Huntingdon were listed with numbers from the 2000 series, whereas Colindale started to count from 5000 onward. Hence „Body-No. 6190“ of the Bentley 3 ½ Litre, #B73BN, gives clear evidence that this coachwork was shaped by the craftsmen at the Colindale premises. Windovers didn’t opt for the usual description 3-position drophead coupé, but preferred the term Sedanca Coupé. This car was built to the order of the 10th Duke of Marlborough. Neither bumpers front or rear nor wheel discs were fitted; reflecting that additional weight might have compromised the Bentley’s sports car character.

No reason for any confusion, if on a photo from another source this Bentley doesn’t show the registration J6680. It is known that the registration BLA209 was allocated, too. No reason for confusion either if other photos don’t show this car with two-tone paintwork – in the past the colour scheme was different.

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