1929 Bentley ‘4½-Litre’ Tourer

Original engine uprated to 5.6-Litre specification with over 200bhp


Chassis No. HB 3407

Engine No. HB 3406

Registration No. GE 3547

+44 (0)1869 244 255


Download PDF facebook twitter google plus printest

This rapid, reliable and potent vintage Bentley is the perfect example of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and is thus ideally suited to numerous historic races and rallies. Although presented in largely standard trim, Chassis no. HB 3407, presented for sale here, has been the subject of nearly £200,000 of expenditure in recent years and the extensive works carried out include a total engine rebuild by leading vintage Bentley engine builders, The Kingsbury Racing Shop to 5.6-Litre specification with over 200bhp and oodles of torque readily on tap.

The Bentley is offered for sale together with a comprehensive file that documents in detail both the history of the car and the extensive works carried out in both the current and previous owners’ care. Copy factory records in the file indicate that chassis no. HB 3407 was fitted with engine no. HB 3406, a C-type gearbox (no. 6578) and Weymann saloon coachwork by Maythorn. The car was supplied new to a Mr. D. G. Ellis and registered GE 3457. Mr. Ellis on retained ownership of ‘GE 3547’ for a brief period and in July of 1930 the car passed to a Mr. J. A. Roberts of Sheffield. No further owners are recorded on the Bentley Motors Service records so presumably Mr. Roberts owned the car until at least the outbreak of WWII.

In 1955 the car was registered with the Bentley Drivers’ Club in the ownership of the Hon. J.S.T. Hawke of Cheshire. Four previous owners of chassis no. HB 3407 (all in Cheshire) are listed on a buff-log book on file from 1946 to 1955, although there appears to have been two clerical errors whereby the car was registered GC 3547 rather than GE 3547 and is reputedly fitted with engine no. BM 3441 which seems to bear no relevance to the engine now fitted or any Bentley records. Regardless, at some stage between 1936 when Mr. Roberts owned the Bentley and 1946 when it is registered to J. Welbourne of Nantwich, Cheshire the Maythorn saloon coachwork was removed chassis no. HB 3407 and the car fitted with open four-seat touring coachwork in the famed Vanden Plas style.

In c. 1975 the Bentley went from Cheshire to Sweden where it remained until being purchased by Peter Waumsley, in 1991. During Waumsley’s ownership ‘GE 3547’ was treated to a thorough restoration with the lion share of the work carried out by R. C. Moss. Subsequent adventures in ‘GE 3547’ included trips to the USA, New Zealand, South Africa and across Europe. Much maintenance was carried out by R.C. Moss and latterly by Elmdown and Ed Watson, with extensive records of all works carried out retained in the history file.

The current owner purchased the Bentley in 2014 and has commissioned extensive mechanical works to be carried out by Ewen Getley and his team at The Kingsbury Racing Shop. The remit of the works was to significantly enhance the performance and reliability of the car, whilst retaining the lovely patina that the well-travelled Bentley has gained over the years. Once again, the extensive works carried out are all listed on the copy invoices retained the history file. Perhaps the most significant improvement was in the engine compartment where the original engine has been fully rebuilt and upgraded using all new internal (crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, valve gear etc.) to c5.6-Litre specification allowing for a performance that can best be described as ‘dramatic” and laughably at odds with the outward appearance of the car! The transmission system has, of course, received attention to cope with the additional power and a new radiator has been fitted with the original retained and offered with the car together with other spares.

The current owner has enjoyed endurance rallies such as The Flying Scotsman and GP Nuvolari with ‘GE 3547.’ A “matching numbers” vintage Bentley with staggering performance, this fine vintage Bentley has wanted for nothing in the care of the past two owners. It is ready for a plethora of historic racing and rallying events and is equally as comfortable on the road, confusing modern motorists with its extraordinary performance. Viewing and test drive are recommended!