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1933-1937 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre


The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was the first Bentley after the original "W.O." firm crashed in 1931 and was taken over by Rolls-Royce. It featured a modified Rolls-Royce 20/25 engine and an entirely new chassis.

This 1936 Bentley 31/2 Litre 2-door convertible is part of the 1933-37 Bentley 31/2 Litre line.
1936 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre 2-door convertible.
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The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was the first Bentley after the original "W.O." firm crashed in 1931 and was taken over by Rolls-Royce. It featured a modified Rolls-Royce 20/25 engine and an entirely new chassis.

Compared with earlier Bentleys, this was the "Silent Sports Car" -- softer in character, more refined, and even better built. Really a quasi-Rolls, it has been called a "Rolls-Bentley" by many. Power outputs were unstated, and a synchro gearbox with right-hand gearchange restated the pedigree.

The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was built at Derby, not Cricklewood, as a rolling chassis only, so bodies came from outside coachbuilders. Though capable of more than 90 mph in fine style and comfort, the car was still backward, with leaf springs and beam axles front and rear, plus very British styling.

Pluses of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:

  • Great elegance and style
  • Rolls-Royce build quality
  • High performance for the period
  • Sporting but comfortable

Minuses of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:

  • Very costly to buy
  • Even more costly to restore
  • Wood-body rot
  • Few parts
  • 1930s UK styling?

Production of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:
1,177

Specifications of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:
Wheelbase, inches: 126.0
Length, inches: 174.0
Weight, pounds: 3,400-3,500
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv I-6 3,669 cc (224 cid) NA 1933-1937

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