BENTLEY CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY OF ‘THE SILENT SPORTS CAR’

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  • 60 Bentleys of the ‘Derby era’ congregate at Bentley’s Dream Factory to celebrate 90 years of the model

  • Part of wider celebration involving 117 Derby Bentleys coming together

  • Dubbed ‘The Silent Sports Car’, more than 2,400 Bentleys were produced in Derby between 1933 and 1939

  • One-of-one 1939 MkV Corniche takes to the road for the first time in 84 years to join the celebration

Bentley Motors has welcomed 60 beautiful Bentleys of the ‘Derby era’ to Crewe to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Bentley 3½ Litre, commonly known simply as the ‘Derby Bentley’.

Organised by The Silent Sports Car Club – the owners club dedicated to the Derby Bentley – a cavalcade of cars convoyed to Bentley’s Dream Factory in Crewe last Friday, with more than 100 guests enjoying a tour of the campus, exploration of the Bentley’s newly refurbished Heritage Collection and a visit to the Mulliner workshops.

Bentley’s own Derby Bentley, a 1934 3½ Litre with coachwork by Thrupp & Maberley, was on display for the guests in the newly-opened Lineage area, where the eight pre-war cars of the Heritage Collection are on display. On Saturday, one of the crown jewels of Bentley’s fleet – the one-of-one 1939 MkV Corniche, recently re-registered and returned to the road for the first time in 84 years – was the guest of honour at a black tie dinner to formally mark 90 years of Derby Bentleys.

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