The Real Car Co Ltd.
Specialist dealers in early Rolls-Royce
and Bentley cars.
1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Van
Vooren Pillarless Saloon.
Click on the images below to enlarge them. To return
to this page afterwards, click the 'back' button on your browser.
unusual, attractive and desirable car, being French-bodied,
with pretty lines, and with the appealing pillarless feature, give ease of
access and practicality. Marchall
lighting, metric fuel gauge and slim bumpers all add to the Continental flavour,
and enhance the car's character nicely.
Despite the lack of centre pillar, and
the large sliding sunroof, the body
structure is wonderfully sound, and the whole car has an air of correctness,
both visually and mechanically, something which is so difficult to re-create
during a restoration. Driving well, with a delightful, undisturbed feel, this is
a rare opportunity, not to be missed.
Reg No. BRP
Snippets: The Brave Bentley
chassis cards show that B47EJ was initially delivered to Bruno Emery of
Marseille who after a short period of ownership sold B47EJ to Edward Esmond,
(financier, golf enthusiast & racehorse breeder) who although British by
birth resided in France with his wife & 3 daughters.
Edward Esmond purchased B47EJ as a wedding gift to his daughter Louise on
her marriage to Baron Geoffrey de Waldner.
In 1939 Louise packed the car with her sister (Sybil Uzielli), her nephew
(Giancarlo later to marry Anne Ford great-granddaughter of Henry Ford), her
daughter Isabelle, the nanny, the cook & their cocker spaniel Kim!
Louise then travelled from Paris to Deauville where she collected her
father & mother, they then continued to Madrid where the Baroness left the
car at the docks!
Once at the dock the Baroness informed the Embassy that as she & her
family were going to America the Bentley was being left with them!
B47EJ was adopted by Sir Wing Commander Archibald W. H James & in due
course the car returned to the UK with him.
The de Waldner & Esmond family have many interesting family
connections – Louise’s mother was Valentina Amelia Fernada Deutsch de la
Meurthe whose grandfather Henri was “The Oil King of Europe” the business
that he founded is now simply known as “Shell”.
When Louise’s father Edward fled France he handed over his racehorse
stud to Baron Geoffrey, who, faked the stud records in order to conceal the true
lineage of a colt bred out of “Pearl Cap”, considered to be one of
France’s greatest racing fillies.
Of the Baroness’s family we know that her sister Sybil divorced Giorgio
Uzielle and later married General Pierre Billotte who during WWII had the
distinction of being the youngest Major General in the French Army; Louise &
Geoffrey had 3 daughters & a son – Emmeline who we have little knowledge
of, Gerard who is the current Baron, Diane who became the wife of Oliver Hoare
and Isabelle who currently divides her time between Italy & London. A
fascinate family member is Henriette Louise de Waldner de Freundstein who
married Baron d’Oberkirch(1754/1803) wrote her memoires which were later
published in 1852 by her grandson;
Henriette was a childhood friend of Sophie Dorothea of Wurttemberg,
better known Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna, 2nd wife of Tsar Paul I
of Russia & mother of two Tsars – Alexander I & Nicholas I.
Wing Commander Archibald William Henry James returned to the UK in 1941
and later emigrated to Southern Rhodesia, he sold B47EJ to Major William Henry
Priston, a veterinary surgeon who had served in the Army whilst in India.
By the mid 1980’s after a few more owners Baroness Louisede Waldner
re-purchased the car as it had meant so much to her & her family’s
survival of WWII.
The next recorded keeper of B47EJ was David Alexis Sulzberger who
happened to be a personal friend of Louise’s son-in-law Oliver Hoare.
David was co-author with Christian Hueber of a book regarding the Bentley
Continental Sports Saloon which involved tracing the existence & ownership
of some 208 cars, a huge project which resulted in 204 of the cars being
Would you like more information? Go to 'Contact
To return to Cars for Sale Click here or the
'Up' button on the left.