Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Saloon
This 1935 Bentley reminds one of how different the world used to be – and not only regarding motor cars. During these years, India was still under British rule, and its elites enjoyed many of the same luxuries as their peers in England. The Barker-bodied Bentley chassis B32EF attests to this.
As supported by copies of original factory documentation, the car was originally built for an Indian dignitary and was delivered to the Nawab (provincial governor) of Bahawalpur, an extant city located in present-day Pakistan along the Sutlej River. The governor, HH Hadiq Mohammad Kan V, likely enjoyed driving his Derby Bentley as much as gazing at it.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
80 bhp, 3.5-litre overhead valve six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptical leaf springs front and rear, four-wheel mechanical brakes.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp