1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Sportsman’s Coupe by De Villars

The 1938 Paris Motor Show Car - Desirable Overdrive Gearbox Model


A rare overdrive car with stunning foursome coachwork by famed French carosserier De Villars; one of 5 derby Bentley chassis built by them.

After bodying, the Bentley was displayed at the 1938 Paris Motor Show, at the end of which it was, reputedly, purchased by a French Army general. The car’s next recorded owners are Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning of New York, who purchased it in 1955, by which time the interior had been re-trimmed in red.

There were two further owners and then in 1975 the Bentley passed to Dominic Cappelli of North Carolina. Mr Cappelli commissioned a restoration, which was completed in 1989 by John Griffin of Montgomery, Alabama at a cost of approximately $50,000.

Since being repatriated to the UK B8MR has been the recipient of a further £50,000 spent with motor engineer Michael Hibberd and also Fiennes Engineering. The car is thus in very fine order and ready for immediate extended use.

The excellent exterior paint is pale blue over darker grey wings with a grey flash down the side. The interior is lovely pale grey leather and matching grey carpets with a grey painted dash board. The car is tidy under the bonnet as one might expect and has a quiet powerful engine registering good oil pressure and running cool.

The coachwork affords comfortable seating for four people with a capacious rear seat.  The front seats are fitted with Bugatti style grab rails to their tops.  Marechal headlamps are fitted up front along with a fog lamp and twin horns.  All knobs and switches are placarded in French.

The car comes to us with an enormous history file detailing minutely the various works that have been undertaken to bring it up to the standard we find it in today.  A full set of tools is located in the fold out boot tray. 


ESTIMATE £120,000- £140,000

Auction The Spirit of Motoring, London October 2017
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lot details

Lot Number 334
Registration Number UK Registered
Chassis Number B8MR
Year 1938
Make Bentley
Model 4 1/4 Sportsman's Coupe by De Villars

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