Bentley Derby VDP Pillarless Saloon B189GP

  • Make: Bentley
  • Model: Other
  • Year: 1936
  • Mileage: 01036
  • VIN: B189GP
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Location: Deerfield, Illinois, United States


1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Pillarless Sports Saloon
Chassis no. B189GP
Engine no. J7BYX
4,257cc 6-Cylinder Overhead Valve Engine
Twin SU Side-Draft Carburetors
100bhp (Approximate)
4-Speed Transmission
4-Wheel Servo Boosted Mechanical Brakes
*Handsome Pillarless body design
*Renowned chassis and running gear
*Copy of factory records on file
A Frank Spain would vociferously trawl magazines and newspapers for information of old cars for sale, and in this case it must have been an interesting surprise to find this pre-war Bentley at a liquidation sale near his Florida home, nestled among predominantly 1980s and 1990s European and American sedans! The Bentley was quickly secured, and with help of noted Sarasota dealer Martin Godbey, the car was retrieved.
How B189GP came to be for sale there is not charted in the car's history file, but we do know that at day one, it had been delivered new to the Honorable A. Gore on September 1, 1936 and that it had worn then the handsome pillarless Vanden Plas coachwork that it retains to this day. Details on the original factory order include note of the louvers stretched back through the scuttle. Interestingly, it would appear that the seating arrangement has been altered at some point in its career as there is no passenger seat in the front. From Schoelkopf information, the car is known to have lived with Emil J. Coppola of Deerfield Beach, Florida by 1983 and later Pembroke S. Huckins of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Clearly an older restoration, the car will certainly benefit from going through, but for those not familiar with these cars, the great news is that there is a whole support network of organizations such as the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club and restorers and parts suppliers to assist.
Stated mileage is 01306 but actual mileage is unknown. Front passenger seat is missing.
Glyn Morris +1 847 274 5874
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