This rare example of a Park Ward bodied Bentley has undergone a full restoration to its original glory and now feels like the nimble racer Bentley intended it to be. 1234 units of this model were produced between 1936 and 1939. Only few of them are left today, let alone in this condition. The Park Ward bodies were far more superior and expensive than most other coachwork bodies, as instead of using conventional steel, they used an aluminum over ash frame construction, vastly improving the on-road performance.
It featured in the 1983 James Bond movie ’Never Say Never Again’ and has had many famous owners, including Woolf Barnato (a racing driver and former Bentley chairman), Prince Bira of Thailand, racing driver and Olympic sailor, Sir Malcolm Campbell (nine times world land speed record holder), actor Robert Montgomery and Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (Diamond and mining entrepreneur, control of De Beers and founder of Anglo American corporation of South Africa). The Bentley 4 ¼ also has a rich racing history. It raced at Le mans in 1949, 1950 and 1951, becoming the first car to complete the race for three consecutive years.