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1928 Bentley 4½ Litre    
Original 1928 Numbers
Chassis No. FT3221
Engine No. FT3222
Registration No. XV 3694

  This car - updated
Chassis No. FT3221
Engine No. FT3222
Registration No. XV 3694

(Updated with information from Copley Motorcars's website, August 2016. Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - August 2016)
 
August 2016
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Feb 6, 2017: Sold $1,100,000

Found on Copley Motorcars website on August 19, 2016

1928 Bentley 4½ Vanden Plas open tourer
1928 Bentley 4½ Vanden Plas open tourer, S/N FT3221, Engine No. FT3222, Registration No. XV 3694, delivered new to Madam de Bourbon of Paris, FT3221 retains its original body, chassis and engine as noted in Bentley historian Clare Hay’s “Bentley, The Vintage Years,” known history back to new with owners in France, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and USA, the 4 1/2 more recently campaigned in multiple Argentine 1000 miles rallyes, and an absolutely remarkable history file with hundreds of original receipts, owner’s notes, photographs and restorer correspondence throughout the decades dating back to the 1930s. Such a treat for a pre-war Bentley to have its original body, engine and chassis, FT3221 a very special piece indeed and is currently in the USA in a private collection and without question a welcomed participant at any historic event worldwide.

 
     
     
  Source: Copley Motorcars
Posted: Aug 19, 2016
 
     
May 2010
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"A rare opportunity to acquire a Vintage Bentley still configured exactly how it left the factory 80+ years ago — original chassis, original engine and gear box, original Vanden Plas body, known history and documented from new, fully sorted by marque expert, iconic Bentley Boys looks with gobs of torque and speed, recent Newport Concours Best in Class."

This car was for sale as of May 2010.

 
     
     
  Source: Copley Motor Cars & RacingDeal
Updated: Jul 21, 2010

Posted: Jun 26, 2010
 
     
2007
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Photographs were taken during 2007 Vanderbilt Concours in Newport, Rhode Island.

The car is owned by Jonathan Savage, in Pawtucket RI.

 
     
     
  Source: Ed Hyman
Posted: Nov 27, 2007
 
     
2006
In USA in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
1998
 

John Southward of New Zealand purchased this car in 1998.

 
     
     
  Source: Don L. Hinmon
Posted: Jan 15, 2009
 
     
1970 - 1998
 

Chassis no. FT3221 was owned by Don Hinmon from 1970 to 1998.

"Bought in UK and restored it there plus lots of later work and much use here (in the U.S.). I sold it to a nice man from New Zealand, John Southward and it went from there back to the UK. It is now owned by Jonathan Savage, in Pawtucket RI."

 
     
     
  Source: Don L. Hinmon
Posted: Jan 15, 2009
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. FT3221
Engine No. FT3222
Registration No. XV 3694
Date of Delivery: Oct 1928
Type of Body: 4 SEAR
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: No info
   
First Owner: BOURBON Madame de
 
     
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1519 with a special 4-door Sports, Vanden Plas sketch 381; 8/1928.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "D/7136. Vanden Plas body no. 1519. In America."
 
     
     
  Updated: Jul 05, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
 
     
 
 
 
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