1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Four Door Allweather Tourer by Steve Penny.
An absolutely lovely four door open Derby Bentley, re-bodied in 2006 by Steve Penny to a design based upon an original Offord bodied car, which, coincidentally, we owned several years ago. Built and finished to a fabulous standard, on a restored chassis, and consequently a lovely car throughout, which drives just as a Derby Bentley should, with a nice, taut feel, lively performance, excellent steering, etc, and to top it all fitted with an overdrive, which suits it really well. One of the nicest Derby Bentleys that we have driven, and there have been a few! The quality of the coachwork, the detail, the paint finish, upholstery, etc, are all wonderful, and need to be seen to be appreciated fully. Over £100,000 spent on restoration, all documented in the file that comes with the car, and only about 6,000 miles since, so now nicely run in! Attractive, clean, sharp, and cheaper than an original tourer, despite being as good, if not better, in terms of quality, and being newly built, in lovely condition too. You really have to see this car to appreciate how well put together it is.
- Chassis No. B101HM
- Reg No. JBK 319
- Price £155,000
Snippets: Harry Brickwood
The 1st owner of B101HM was Harry Brickwood (1876/1950), a scion of the Brickwood Brewing family of Portsmouth. The Brickwood’s connection to the brewing industry can be traced back to the late 1600s in London and in the mid 1880s the “Guildford” offshoot moved to Portsmouth with two brothers Henry (1801/64) & Thomas (1796/1848) starting their trade. Harry’s grandparents Rosetta & Harry (1828/62) Brickwood died when they were in their early 30s leaving behind two young sons Arthur (Harry’s father) aged 8 & John aged 10; trustees managed the Brickwoods Brewery empire until John & Arthur reached their majority and by then 3 more breweries had been added to the company’s portfolio. Tragedy & good fortune seemed to visit subsequent generations of Brickwoods – Harry’s Uncle John Brickwood was widowed in 1889 when his wife Eliza (nee Miller) “died at sea saving her baby”, sadly in 1923 the baby – Madeline Wachendorff – drowned alongside her son Hans in the River Elbe, Germany. In 1893 John married Jessie Cooper but in 1913 she contracted an illness from which she never recovered, dying in 1917, in 1915 their youngest son Arthur had been killed whilst serving at the front in WWI. John married for a 3rd time to Isabella Gordon – they had 4 sons with just one of them being born in wedlock, quite a scandal in those days!. Happier moments for John included the fact that in 1898 he & 5 other businessmen founded the Portsmouth Football Club, in 1904 in recognition of his charitable works & business acumen John became Sir John Brickwood & in 1927 he was created the 1st Baronet of Brickwood. When Arthur Brickwood died in 1894 he was just 40 - leaving 4 children under the age of 20, Harry was 18 and it is believed that John Brickwood took care of his young relatives. Harry Brickwood, in contrast to his Uncle, had a relatively calm & collected lifestyle – his hobbies included Motor Boat Racing & sailing. In 1908 Harry was an Officer of the Day at the Olympic Races held in Southampton alongside Cdr Cumming & F. Armstrong. Harry himself was a keen yachtsman and a founder (later President) of the Victory Class of Portsmouth – he actually won their inaugural race in 1911! During the 1920s Harry owned two 5m sloops “Silhouette” & later “Coquette”. In 1917 during WWI Harry Brickwood served with Navy Intelligence (reportedly in Russia) and was later sponsored by SIS alongside Major Snepp to assist in the organisation of PoWs to escape from German camps. Michael Smith wrote a book “Six: The Real James Bonds 1909-1939” – and within the book Harry Brickwood is described as working for MI1C sending parcels out to prisoners which contained “double bottoms” in which would be hidden maps, compasses, escape plans & other such documents! Harry’s daughter Angela retained the Naval theme as in 1953 she married Vice Admiral Peter Compston, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of the Atlantic.