Thursday 16 April 2015

Bentley 4 ¼ Worblaufen Continental 4-door Cabriolet - Merreyt Classics, Belgium

Marreyt Classics, ~~Belgium
Victor Bocquéstraat 15 9300 Aalst

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Phone: +32 (0)53 631233
Fax: +32 (0)53 632933 
Bentley 4 ¼ Worblaufen Continental 4-door Cabriolet 1938 RHD
Chassis: B 125 LE
Let me show you how a pre-2nd WW clash of cultures can result in a very unusual but very elegant Bentley.
This one-off 4 ¼ Bentley Cabriolet brings together, end of 30ies top British technology and top quality typical Teutonic coachwork by the Swiss coachbuilder Worblaufen (Fritz Ramseier).
The idea for this happy marriage came from Professor Dr. Hans Wildbolz from Bern who took delivery in June 1938 of a Bentley 4 ¼ rolling chassis to be coachbuilt by Fritz Ramseier & Cie in Worblaufen Switserland into this well proportioned Continental 4-door Cabriolet.
Where most Derby Bentleys were coachbuilt by British coachbuilders such as Park Ward, Mulliner, Vanden Plas, Barker, Thrupp & Maberly, Freestone & Webb, etc...very few were coachbuilt by foreign carrossiers. Chassis B 125 LE is the only 4 ¼ Derby Bentley with Worblaufen body.
This unique, full aluminium built Worblaufen Continental 4-door Cabriolet is rated by many Bentley connoisseurs as one of the best looking Derby Bentleys ever produced. The styling is indeed very elegant: long sloping front wings with twin side mounted spare wheels, harmonious compact rear coachwork offering sufficient space (and fitted luggage) in the boot, very clever wind-up 2nd windscreen for very effective wind protection for the rear seated passengers, easy to erect double lined hood offering almost the same weather protection as in a saloon.
The excellent quality of construction (mechanics & coachwork) made sure this Bentley 4 ¼ litre aged very well. Because of the Bentley's unique character, this Continental 4-door Cabriolet was not driven that much (approx. 160.000 Km) and the very limited list of previous owners took very well care of their pride & joy. After the war this Bentley resided for a long time in the USA, where she won podium prizes at RR and Bentley Owners Club meetings and also at the top Concours D'Elegance meetings of Pebble Beach (2004) and Villa ' Este (2004).
Through a London sale from RM Auctions this Bentley ends up in Ireland and a bit later in Holland where a Dutch classic car specialist treats this Bentley in 2012 to a full restoration. The excellence of this work is crowned in 2013 at the Techno Classica show in Essen Germany with the "Best of Show" trophee.
This unique Bentley is still in absolute concours condition and is at the moment the "star" in my classic car showroom. I am sure she will also brighten up your garage and your life!

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