Bentley 4 Litre Coupe by Mulliner 1931 Design Interior Exterior – The Bentley 4 Liter Coupe was the old Cricklewood organization’s swansong model before its retention by Rolls-Royce. With the Depression gnawing, offers of the old 4½-Liter declining and its most up to date, 8-Liter, model costing all of £1,850 in suspension just shape, Bentley Motors frantically required another littler model to rival Rolls-Royce’s fruitful 20/25hp. The outcome was the 4-Liter. The six-barrel motor was composed by Ricardo, with overhead channel/side fumes valves and an asserted yield of 120bhp at 4,000rpm. A twofold drop case was received, firmly taking into account that of the contemporary Bentley 8-Liter, and offered in two wheelbase lengths: 11′ 2″ and 11′ 8″, both of which were shorter than the most brief of the two 8-Liter case accessible.
In spite of the fact that ‘W O’ disliked the Ricardo plan (thinking of it as hard to tune) the essential soundness of the gulf over-fumes course of action would be shown after the war, motors of this design driving Bentley and Rolls-Royce engine autos up to 1959. The 4-Liter has been quite censured and is minimal comprehended, as not very many were constructed. Since it was too overwhelming for its energy, yet had the best body, gearbox and back pivot of all the Bentleys, numerous were changed over at an opportune time into 6½-and 8-liter specials. Just 50 4-Liters were finished before the first Bentley organization’s liquidation, of which just 12 are known not today.
This special auto was initially requested by Philip Carr of Carr’s rolls. Based on the shorter of the two skeleton, it was conveyed on third September 1931 and initially enrolled ‘GT 27’. The 4-liter motor could never destroy the over-built running rigging, which is the reason this specific sample remains mechanically ‘like new’ today. Likewise, the unbending nature of the substantial undercarriage has guaranteed the survival of the first H J Mulliner, Weymann-sort, altered head car body, though not very many unique shut bodies on anything besides the 8-Liter and 4-Liter autos have survived, the edges of different Bentleys being unreasonably adaptable.
Revamped by Chris Williams, the motor is said to run delightfully, with amazing oil weight and no oil utilization. The gearbox has been uprooted for review, the back pivot altogether checked, and the grip and brakes totally reconstructed. New center points, drums and Perrot shafts have been fitted, the street springs updated, and new gaiters and safeguards introduced. The carburettors have been balanced and extraordinary Bosch sparkplugs fitted, and we are exhorted that this auto can climb Swiss mountain passes utilizing the first Autovac; no electric pump is fitted. There is a finished apparatus plate in the boot and a Dunlop tire pump under traveler entryway, held by uncommon clasps. An ebb and flow UK Swansea V5 enlistment record accompanies the vehicle moreover.
‘VF 4018’ was shown at the Paleis Het Loo Concours d’Elegance in 2006 (conveying ‘GT 27’ numberplates) and is represented in ‘Coachwork on Vintage Bentleys’ by Rowan Isaac (page 84) and ‘Bentley: The Vintage Years’ by Michael Hay (pages 221 and 226). Ultra uncommon and extremely unique, ‘VF 4018’ speaks to a potentially rare chance to obtain an especially unique sample of the remainder of the Cricklewood-constructed Bentleys.
Bentley 4 Litre Coupe by Mulliner 1931 Design Interior Exterior