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1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Vanden Plas Le Mans Style Tourer

Delivered new to Lord Dunleath of Bally Walter Park, Northern Ireland


Completed in July 1930, this beautiful Bentley 4 ½ Litre was delivered new to Lord Dunleath of Bally Walter Park, Northern Ireland. This example was one of the last 4 ½ Litre Bentleys produced, being number 644 out of a total of 665 built. The Body on chassis No FS3612 was not typical of other examples in production, FS3612 had a wider all metal body and fuller wings, the seating position had also been personalised and tailored in order to cater for Lord Dunleath’s tall stature (6ft 2).


Lord Dunleath enjoyed and used the 4 ½ Litre often, driving the Bentley all over Ireland and to Scotland annually for shooting holidays. During WW2, Lord Dunleath kept the Bentley in a well maintained dry garage. In 1944, FS3612 was sold onto Bentley and Rolls-Royce distributors Agnew and Graham in Belfast who went on to sell the car to a Royal Navy Officer.


Not uncommonly the original engine had been changed during this time and FS3612 had received a Vanden Plas Style Le mans Tourer body, this included a folding windshield, Brooklands windscreens, porting cycle fenders and synthetic leather over a padded wooden frame interior.


In 1983 the Bentley had been acquired by the current owner, a Bentley Driver’s Club Member who has now owned the car for nearly 4 decades. During this time, the car has participated in an impressive number of major historic race events. This example has completed the Mille Miglia, Rally de Monte Carlo and Rally de Monte Blanc on multiple occasions. FS3612 has also driven on famed tracks such as the Nürburgring, Montreux and has completed the Bentley Rally South Africa.


The Bentley has been maintained and prepared in Montreux, Switzerland. An engine, gearbox and differential rebuild has been undertaken as well as a complete overhaul of the brake system and drums for complete peace of mind.


Offered here at Fiskens, this particular 4 ½ Litre Tourer is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a well maintained and proven touring example, eligible for some of the world’s leading historic events and of course an array of fantastic club events too.