Bentley 3 1/2L Gurney Nutting sedanca

The coachwork has been assembled in bare metal, awaiting the external fittings and soon to be painted

Gurney Nutting Bentley 3 1/2L, in bare metal awating painting

The sedanca coachwork built by Gurney Nutting to a design by H R Owen was a classic in its time. Intended to be stylish yet economic it was very successful, and examples are to be found on both Derby Bentley and Rolls-Royce chassis. Unlike many designs it works equally well almost wherever it is found.

This car is the subject of a complete restoration. It is the last Bentley 3 1/2L to carry this style of coachwork. The timber frame has been reconstructed, and the panelling of the new frame is now almost complete.

The frontal appearance of the car, showing the stylish wings

Front view of the Gurney Nutting sedanca.

A view of the rear quarter, showing the characteristic separate trunk. The shape of this is becoming almost part of the main coachwork, a development that was continued in the Bentley 4 1/4L.

Rear view of the Gurney Nutting sedanca.