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Bentley 3.5 Litre (1933-1936)

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Bentley 3.5 Litre (1933-1936)
Pictured above, the saloon and the drophead coupe represent the standard designs offered by Park-Ward.Years in production : 1933 - 1936. No. made : 1,177 Engine : 6 cylinder in-line configuration.

Bore & Stroke : 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"c.c. : 3,669 Transmission : Single dry-plate type clutch, 4 speeds and reverse,synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gear Chassis : Pressed-steel parallel girder with channel and tubular crossmembers, downswept between axles to achieve low centre of gravity, semi-elliptic springs front and rear. Dimensions : Wheelbase 26" Performance : Max. speed 92.2 mph 148.4 km/h In 1933 the 3 1/2 Litre Bentley was launched.

The place and date for the premiere were cleverly chosen. In August 1933, during the Ascot Race week the sports car made its debut.The first cars were delivered to eagerly awaiting customers in October 1933. This newcomer was a clever combination of the completely new chassis from the Peregrine project and the proven engine from the 20/25.

Learning by experience that when using a supercharger neither smoothness nor longevity could hope to match Rolls-Royce's standards, the board of directors stopped any further developments in this direction. Instead the engine of the 20/25 was adopted. Using a crossflow cylinder head, re-profiled camshaft and employment of two carburettors,assisted by an increase in compression, the six cylinder's output was raised to some 120 bhp.

The power figure of the basic engine did not exceed more than about 80 hp.The 3 1/2 Litre Bentley met with general acclaim, because it fulfilled the wish for a powerful motor car of exceptional fine handling. Many of the first bodies were built as cabriolets, but before long, closed versions in the form of sports salooons and coupes also became accepted as suitable attire for the 3 1/2 Litre. These were manufactured mainly by Park Ward. The 3 1/2 litre Bentley was produced at the Derby factory side by side with Rolls-Royce Phantom II and 20/25 models.

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