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Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, # 45C , 1937 (!)
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Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Tourer

When Bentley moved under the wings of a new parents company this did include the take-over of a tremendous amount of unassembled parts. - Though we don't talk about the recent purchase of Bentley by Volkswagen AG but about the period of the early 30ies when Bentley had been taken over by Rolls-Royce.

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Tourer

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Tourer FasciaNot a single one of the spare parts was compatible to the Bentley 3 ½ Litre and Bentley 4 ¼ Litre emerging from Rolls-Royce's Derby factory. Considerations how to produce income from the vast amount of spares in 1936 led to 4 second hand Bentley 3 Litre motor cars becoming subject to a most thorough overhaul with engines and chassis dismantled and rebuilt incorporating new parts as necessary. Following this procedure these cars were given new chassis serial numbers (RC = ReConditioned). They were sold after having been fitted with new 4-seater bodies by Vanden Plas.

RadiatorThen a bold step followed when a further 6 Bentley 4 ½ Litre - absolutely new from chassis frame to the last bolt and screw - were made from the existing stock of parts. Their specification differed from the original one. Gearboxes were from Bentley 4 ½ Litre Blower stock. Rear axles had been taken off the shelfs for Blower Bentleys as well as from shelfs with Bentley 6 ½ Litre parts. Front axles originally had been produced for Bentley 4 ½ Litre and Bentley 4 Liter respectively. The steering from the Bentley 4 Litre was chosen and needed some modification to adapt it to the 4 ½ Litre standard steering arm length. With the exception of one body by Corsica all the cars were clothed with coachwork by Vanden Plas and with five years guarantee were handed over to customers.

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Open Tourer

The BDC has seen no difficulty to classify the "RC-Series" Bentley 3 Litre und die Bentley 4 ½ Litre as Vintage because all parts were designed and probably manufactured prior to 1930.

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