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In July 1937 this Bentley 4 ¼ Litre, #B121MX, was delivered to Stuart C. Goodwin in Sheffield, England. H.J. Mulliner was the coachbuilder where the body inn the form of a Fixed Head Coupé had been manufactured; Design-No. was 6297, Body-No. 4693 was issued. de
Of particular interest is the fact that #B121MX was a chassis-number from the MR/MX-series which did become a favourite in collectors’ circles. Chassis-numbers ending on 'MR'or 'MX' are from a significant segment among the 1.241 cars from this model-series. Factory documents are listing with even numbers only #B2MR though #B200MR with a total of 100 plus with odd numbers only #B1MX thru #B205MEX with 101 cars. It is worth a note the manufacturer had complied with the self-imposed restriction of omitting the "non-lucky number 13" by neither listing chassis-numbers #B13MX nor #B113MX. A further anomaly from MX-series is the last car was listed with ‘EX’ letter combination. Insiders de-code that as a hint on an Experimental car; indeed this one previously had been used by the factory's test-department as a prototype before becoming "returned to series-standard" prior to sale. The exclusive feature of cars from the MR/MX-Series was such were so-called 'Overdrive'-models which separated from the basic design of Bentley 4 1/4 Litre by significant alterations as regards their technical layout.
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Further up-dates separated Bentley 4¼ Litre of MR/MX Series from the basic variant. A completely new steering was fitted – for Bentley Motors it was a first not to use a unit built in-house but to accept one from a specialised supplier. The radiator sported vanes fixed in their position rather than to be adjustable as hitherto. Coolant temperature was controlled by a thermostat mounted between cylinder head and radiator; for emergency a bypass was installed. Centralised chassis-lubrication with a reservoir mounted on the firewall and operated by a foot pump had already been an optional extra for quite some time – this now became series-standard on 'Overdrive'-models.
Eith a production-figure of a mere 201 examples from MR/MX-Series it is hard to fathom the enormous expenses for alterations would have been tolerable from a strictly economical point of view. – However this was the clever investment that saved the positive image of the marque.
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