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1929 Bentley 4½ Litre    
Original 1929 Numbers
Chassis No. MR3392
Engine No. NX3452
Registration No. UL 8606

  This car - updated
Chassis No. MR3392
Engine No. NX3452
Registration No. BN 25777

(Updated with information from Sigurd Bølling, May 2016.)
 
May 21, 2016
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The following information received from Sigurd Bølling:

"Chassis no: MR3392
Engine no: NX3452
Registration no: BN 25777
Do you own this car: Yes
Year of purchase: 1985

This is actually a car which still retains the original body as well as all components. It is exceptional, having the long bonnet and a V-shaped windscreen, half of it to fold down.

I am the lucky owner since the last 30 years (date 2016) and have used and enjoyed the car touring through UK, Scotland as well as in Scandinavia. After 20 years of use I had to restore the mechanical parts, due to wear — a job left to Clive Oliver in South Stoke. The front lamps have been changed and the car has been given a considerable facelift, all thanks to Clive Oliver, who did an excellent job."

~~

Being a far away member of the BDC I have very little contact... Actually your website is the best thing happened since all those years!

 
     
     
  Source: Sigurd Bølling (Owner), Norway
Posted: May 21, 2016
 
     
2006
In Norway in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
1986
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Reg BN 25777
 
 

"In the Norwegian mountains, 1986. Note that the car is a long bonnet tourer, V-shaped windscreen and aluminium body. Wheels still in the front fenders — later moved to the rear."

 
     
     
  Source: Sigurd Bølling (Owner), Norway
Posted: May 21, 2016
 
     
1985
 

This car was purchased by Sigurd Bølling in 1985.

"I found the car at Coys in 1985, in commission for the owner a Mr Deverill(?). I then had the choice between one superbly restored Le Mans replica parked next to it, but fell in love with this totally original car. Have never regretted since."

 
     
     
  Source: Sigurd Bølling (Owner), Norway
Posted: May 21, 2016
 
     
1980
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This photograph is from an advertisement by Dan Margulies, July 1980.

Text in advt reads: 1929 Bentley 4-Litre chassis number MR3392, Vanden Plas tourer. One owner 1939-1979. New paint, interior trim and full weather equipment. £28,500.

 
     
  (Sold for £24,250 - Source: Sigurd Bølling)  
 
 
  Source: "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" magazine, July 1980
Posted: Jul 31, 2008
 
     
1979
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"As advertised in 1979."

 
     
     
  Source: Sigurd Bølling
Posted: May 23, 2016
 
     
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  Source: Sigurd Bølling
Posted: May 23, 2016
 
     
1964
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"Further to the information and photos regarding 4.5 litre UL 8606 that I sent some time ago, another photo of the car has recently surfaced, believed to be taken in around 1964, the young boy with his bicycle is taken outside Dr. Morris' house, with his Bentley outside. Hoping you can add this to your website and keep up the good work with this excellent service."

 
     
     
  Source: Richard Goodacre
Posted: Oct 03, 2017
 
     
1964
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1964 newspaper article:

Pre-war Thoroughbred Still Monarch on the Road
- Cars for the connoisseur

 
     
     
  Source: Newspaper clippings - The Standard, March 27, 1964
Posted: May 23, 2016
 
     
1960s
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Newspaper clipping

Newspaper clipping, January 1996

Memorial service at Donington Church, Feb 22, 1996
 

May 21, 2013
"My mother has recently found a newspaper cutting dated 27 March 1964 with a photograph and short article about UL 8606.

The article says that this car, a 1929 4 litre Vanden Plas Tourer has been in the ownership of Dr. P. Morris of Donington in Lincolnshire, England since 1934.

Pat Morris was the doctor in the village my mother grew up in, and she well remembers him using UL 8606 as everyday transport during the 1960s. He also had a 4 litre Saloon for winter use, but no details of this car are known.

It is thought that Dr Morris sold UL 8606 around 1979, when he retired from practice and moved away from the area.

A mechanic in the village, who later went on to specialise in Frazer Nash cars used to look after Dr Morris' Bentleys, and a friend of mine remembers working for him at his garage around 1973, and changing the rear axle oil on UL 8606. Apparently it drained out like black treacle, and the Doctor joked that it was probably the original oil from the factory!

I will send the photo from the newspaper cutting, poor quality, but it shows UL 8606 pictured on Dr Morris' yard at his home in Donington.

Hope this is of help, and would be nice for the present owner to be aware of this information."

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May 22, 2016
"My mother remembers Dr Morris' open tourer well (from the 1960s) but she was not aware of him having a second Bentley, but reading one of the cuttings, apparently he called them Olga and Oscar.

She says you could hear the Doctor wherever he was in the village due to the bark of the 4 cylinder engine through a large fishtail pipe out the rear, and she says the Doctor didn't go easy on the throttle either!

My father also added that he could remember seeing the open tourer outside the Doctor's house in the early 1960s, and thinking to himself, why a man who could afford a new top of the range car insist in running around in this old Bentley!

Dr Morris was extremely well liked and respected by all in the village and was apparently quite a character, and I guess the Bentley fitted in well with his individualism. He retired in around 1979, sold the Bentleys and moved the Shropshire to be with his sons, Patrick and William.

He died in early 1996 and his sons would now be around 65 and 69 years of age, so nobody knows if they are still around, if they could be traced they may well have many more photos of the Bentleys.

Thanks for keeping in contact and please pass on any information to the current owner, it would be so fantastic if the car could be brought over to the UK for some photographs in Donington!"

 
     
     
  Source: R.W. (Richard) Goodacre
Updated: May 23, 2016
Posted: May 21, 2013
 
     
1958
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Photographed 1958

4½ Litre, Registration No. UL 8606

Owner: Dr. Pat Morris, Donington Lincolnshire

Bought in 1934 for £50. Sold around 1978

 
     
     
  Source: Sigurd Bølling
Posted: May 21, 2016
 
     
1929-1939
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  Source: Sigurd Bølling
Posted: May 23, 2016
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. MR3392
Engine No. NX3452
Registration No. UL 8606
Date of Delivery: Mar 1929
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: No info
   
First Owner: BISHOP N
 
     
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1578 with a 4-seater Sports; 'V' screen; tan; 3/1929.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Vanden Plas body no. 1578 - still fitted."
 
     
     
  Updated: Jul 05, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
 
     
 
 
 
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