A beautiful original 1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer is being offered for sale going into next year with an estimate of €4,100,000 – €5,000,000. The stunning Bentley will headline a forthcoming Paris sale and is one of the original 50 4½-litre Blowers produced.
Following the news, last week of the first ‘new’ Bentley Blower being produced as part of their exclusive 12 machines continuation series, RM Sotheby’s announced the sale of a 1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer, chassis no. MS3938 joining the Paris sale in February 2021.
The classic Bentley is said to be a ‘magnificent matching-numbers’ car, which is also accompanied by its original engine (no. MS3940) and still boasts its complete original chassis, drivetrain, steering, front and rear axles and some original body panels. The history is known from new and is being sold from long-term ownership. Wearing its original registration plate of GT 8771, the desirable Bentley has also benefitted from a full restoration.
Born as a four-seater Mayfair Open Tourer body car, it was later fitted with an original Vanden Plas Open Tourer body in the early 1950s, but remarkably the original Vanden Plas body still exists and accompanies the car. In its current form, sporting the best-known bodywork of the competition Blowers, the car still features its original bonnet and is fitted with a newly rebuilt Neil Davis Racing 5.5-litre engine.
‘MS3938’ is an incredibly rare and wonderfully ‘original’ piece of automotive history representing a true icon of the golden age of motoring. With known and comprehensively documented history, it also features a freshly collated Clare Hay Report (Estimate: €4,100,000 – €5,000,000).
Also being offered without reserve and part of the Paris Sale is The Gold Collection – another single-owner collection of fabulous sports cars, but with the Midas touch, as each car is presented in various shades of original OEM specification gold paint.
The collection is led by a 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, presented in Oro Chiaro, the car is one of only three originally supplied in the colour. Offered in fantastic condition and with less than 20,000 km on the odometer, this matching-numbers car is estimated to bring €260,000 – €310,000.
Equally stunning is the 1972 Porsche 911 2.4 S Targa in its original metallic gold finish. Completely restored, this 51,000 km car is estimated to bring €170,000 – €210,000. Also in the collection is a 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera in original Sahara Yellow (Estimate: €120,000 – €150,000, without reserve), a Classiche-certified 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS in Oro Chiaro (Estimate: €80,000 – €110,000, without reserve), and a 1973 Jensen Interceptor SP in original gold finish (Estimate: €40,000 – €60,000, without reserve).
Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s