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1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged    
Original 1931 Numbers
Chassis No. MS3937
Engine No. MS3942
Registration No. GP 42

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Chassis No. -
Engine No. -
Registration No. GP 42

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - January 2018)
 
September 7, 2013
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"1931 Bentley 41/2 Litre Van Den Plas Supercharged Sports Tourer. It has a 4298cc four cylinder engine with twin carbs, supercharger and a four speed gearbox."

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Ray Douglas'
Posted: Jan 18, 2018
 
     
September 2013
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St James's Concours d'Elegance, September 2013

 
     
     
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Posted: Jun 09, 2014
 
     
2006 - 2010
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Goodwood Revival, 2006

Bentley Blower Meet, 2010

Bentley Blower Meet, 2010
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Barchetta, posted by user 'Peter Singhof'
Posted: May 17, 2013
 
     
2006
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
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  Source: Ed Hyman
Posted: Nov 23, 2007
 
     
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These photographs, by Strother McMinn, are from the article "The Real Bentley 4.5" in Car Classics magazine, November 1978.

Text in article reads: This 4½-liter Bentley is owned by Phil Hill and was originally restored by Amherst Villiers, who designed the blower set up for the Bentleys, at the request of Sir Henry Birkin. During restoration, some changes were made to this car, because of missing or unusable parts, such as the fenders. You will note that the front fender cross section is a constant uninterrupted curve on the full-size car, while the fender on the model has a raised portion running the length of the fender.

 
     
     
  Source: Car Classics magazine, November 1978
Posted: Oct 21, 2008
 
     
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"Once you've driven one you've driven them all."

 
     
     
  Source: "Classic Car" magazine, March 1974
Posted: Jul 21, 2008
 
     
 

The first 25 production Supercharged 4½ Litre cars where Chassis Nos. SM3901-SM3925, all with "smooth-case" blowers. The next 25 were Chassis Nos. MS3926-MS3950 and had "rib-case" blowers.

Production Blower Bentleys had handbrake handles made from rectangular stainless steel, whereas the five 4½ litre race cars for Tim Birkin had the "H" section handle, but were drilled for lightness.

 
     
     
  Source: Robert McLellan
Posted: Feb 20, 2008
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. MS3937
Engine No. MS3942
Registration No. GP 42
Date of Delivery: Jul 1931
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: N
   
First Owner: LANGLANDS C J L
 
     
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1717 with a supercharged; 4-seater Sports long bonnet; /1931.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "D/7248. Vanden Plas body no. 1717. Previously owned by Amherst Villiers."
 
     
     
  Updated: Jul 06, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
 
     
 
 
 
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Feb 19, 2018 - Info and photograph received from Dean Montgomery for his Chassis No. VA4084
Feb 17, 2018 - Info and photograph received from Lionel Burrell for his Chassis No. 110
Feb 16, 2018 - Information received from W.G.R. Smith for Registration No. UC 4000
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