Potential concours project: Derby Bentley - B45AE

B45AE was delivered to her first owner, Prince George, Duke of Kent in 1934 (pictured with the motorcar in the photograph below). Uncle of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George was famed as a keen Bentley owner and pioneer of aviation, having been the first member of the Royal Family to cross the Atlantic by plane.

A Bentley 3 ½ litre close-coupled saloon, with a body built by Barker, B45AE was a sophisticated, striking and elegant car. She was even deemed fit for the then-5th in line to the throne to use on his honeymoon with his wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

Unusually it is equipped with a division between the front and rear portion of the car, almost a unique feature for any Bentley.

Extensive work was started 20 years ago to completely restore the car; however, the then owner put the work on hold in order to secure further funds. So far, we believe ~1,000 hours of work have been undertaken (to be confirmed), with her timber frame having been entirely reconstructed, the body partially repanelled (to be completed), and much of the mechanical work overhauled.

A thorough survey is required for a more accurate assessment of the remaining work, but this is an excellent stage of the project in which to take ownership as the new owner will be able to dictate every last aesthetic detail to their choice.

We believe that this has the potential to be a very a special car, with a degree of flexibility in its eventual state – either as a run-around, or given its provenance and elegant body, there is a very good opportunity for B45AE to be a 100-point concours winner.

Significant remaining work to be done includes completion of the mechanical restoration and repanelling, paintwork and trimming.

Offers are invited for purchase. Fiennes Restoration can provide a more detailed break-down of work to be completed on request.