From 1933 to 1940, Rolls Royce in Derby built Bentleys, after the company was bought following financial difficulties. Short of 2,500 models of Bentley were made in Derby during this period, and are commonly referred to as the Derby Bentleys. 40 independent coachbuilders in the UK and in Europe were hired to design elegant and refine bodywork styles and the Derby cars are known as some of the most beautiful Bentleys ever made. The most common bodies were the standard ones made by Park Ward, either a combination of wood and aluminum, or all steel. Three main variants of the Derby Bentleys were offered: the 3.5 Litre, the 4.25 Litre and the 4.25 Litre Overdrive.
If you’re looking to purchase a Derby Bentley, you might know that a significant number of models have lost their original bodies so it’s important to gather information from as many knowledgeable experts as possible before deciding to purchase an example. A good expert will be able to distinguish an original from a replica and value the classic accordingly. A Derby Bentley in good condition, with a clean chassis, sound engine and mint body will make a wonderful classic. On the other hand, a Derby Bentley in poor condition can be the source of much heartache and require complicated and onerous restoration processes. However, if you’re set on restoring a classic Derby Bentley that has a sentimental value, The Beverly Hills Car Club team can direct you towards good specialist restoration firms.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to The Beverly Hills Car Club team today if you’re looking to purchase a classic Derby Bentley. The staff would be happy to share more tips and help you find the classic you’re looking for, whether or not it is currently in their collection. Regardless of your interest, you’re welcome to visit their Los Angeles showroom anytime and view the impressive inventory of classic cars for sale.
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