1932 Bentley 4 Litre Thrupp & Maberly
- One of 50 built
- Only 12 believed surviving
- Original Thrupp & Maberly body from new- very unusual
- 12 year restoration recently completed
- Last of the Cricklewood-built Bentleys
All aluminium, the original Thrupp & Maberly coachbuilt body (number '5411') was refurbished throughout, being bare-metal stripped, etch-primed and re-sprayed in black over the Bentley blue of the original 4-Litre radiator badge. It is highly unusual now to find an original saloon body on a "W.O." Bentley. This car is all the more delightful and collectible for the purist for having it. The 20" wire wheels have been sprayed to match and all the original bearing grease caps and quick release nuts have been re-chromed.
The original speedometer was professionally restored, re-calibrated and zeroed. The car has been rewired throughout and discreet amber flasher bulbs have been fitted at front and rear, as has a double stop light to the original 'diver's helmet' rear lamps. A superb windscreen-mounted spotlight by Stephen Grebel has been fitted, and the Bosch headlights are double dipping with the correct lenses.
Illuminated by the original recessed ground-glass lenses, the black leather upholstery was re-Connollised and a new grey West of England roof lining professionally fitted, as was a customised set of new leather-bound matching Wilton woollen carpets.
Featured in Ray Roberts' Bentley Specials and Special Bentleys Vol 2 (page 524) this superb example of the last of the Cricklewood-built models comes with a large history file containing bills; period photos; original factory blueprints; and copies of several articles written about it. It will not disappoint.