1937 Derby Bentley 4.25ltr – DXK 2 (B74 JD) – M J Mills
Here’s my 1937 4.25ltr Derby Drophead tourer. The coachwork is by James Young and the car features parallel doors (see photo). I believe the idea was to improve access to the rear seats. Apparently there were only 6 made of each engine size in both Rolls Royce and Bentley during the mid-30’s. The copyright to the door design was sold to Volkswagen who used it on their early Combi-Vans.
I’ve owned the car since 2012 bought from a dealer. The car had been sold at an auction by Bonhams earlier in 2012. The car was off the road for 9 years or more in the late 90’s and on show at a museum in East Sussex. The first owner was the Hon RK Stoner of Stonor Park near Henley on Thames.
I have had the mechanics of the car extensively re-built, mainly soon after I took ownership. She has won more than one of the Most Elegant in Class at the RREC Rally in 2012 and the Touring Class at the BDC Annual Concours in 2014.
I have taken her touring in Italy over the Alps (Twice), to Germany, France, Spain & Corsica. My biggest trip was 2,350 miles in 17 days when we went from home to Germany and back.
She drives very well and is an excellent starter, usually first time on the button even after a few weeks of inaction. In my view, a pretty head-turner!
On the way to Madrid 2013
French Alps 2014
First in Class RREC 2015
1928 Bentley 4.5ltr Tourer (Owned since 2015)
The 4.5ltr Hambledon 2017
Queuing for a ferry in a very wet Picton, New Zealand 2018
Sunnier near Auckland, New Zealand