Pictures and History of Our 1930 4.5 Litre Vintage Bentley GJ 3235
History of 4½ Litre Vintage Bentley GJ3235 Chassis number PB3537 Engine PB3531:-
Here is GJ3235 in June 2007 just north of Fontevraud L'Abbaye in France on a very
Our 1930 4½ Litre Vintage Bentley
Registration Number GJ 3235
Engine PB 3531
Delivery Date February 1930
I purchased the Bentley in November 1980 from Dr Paul Hummel, of Salcombe, with registration
number GJ3235. The car was first registered GJ8727 in February 1930 as a Freestone
and Webb saloon and was sold by Jack Olding and Son, Dealers, to Chas. U Peat who
lived in Darlington, and owned her until September 1938. The next owner was J B Curry
of Totnes, Headmaster of Dartington Hall School. Ronald Loader (later to become hon.
Spares’ Registrar of the BDC) bought her from Mr Curry in 1943. When Loader aquired
the Bentley it had been modified into a shooting brake from the front door pillar
back; the doors and everything forward had been kept. Moreover, it was fitted with
a Cowan gas-producer but Loader got rid of that and changed the body colour from
drab brown to black and yellow. Loader later ran the Castle Resturant and Bakery
in High Town Bridgenorth and became the first BDC honorary Spares’ registrar. Ronald
Loader re-registered the car with the number RL1 and later wrote an article in the
BDC “Review” about how he aquired the number and transfered it to the Bentley. It
was re-registered again as 39 AAF in about 1957 just prior to it’s sale. The log
book mentions Cambourne, but in about 1957 Loader moved to 20 Onslow Gardens, South
Kensington London SW7.
Loader sold the Bentley to Tom Quayle, Manager of Martins Bank Plymouth, in December
1957. Quayle was a bit of a “wheeler-dealer” in vintage Bentleys at that time and
stripped the shooting brake body from the chassis and fitted a crude flat-sided “boy
racer” open body. In this form it was sold to Dr Paul Hummel in 1958 when he was
in Kenya, but soon after this he moved back to England and lived in Salcombe. Sometime
later, about 1964, he re-registered the Bentley with GJ 3235 which was as near to
the original number as he could obtain at the time. Dr Hummel was an enthusiastic
member of the BDC and owned it until I bought the Bentley from him in December 1980.
The car still has the Edmunds’ bodywork commissioned by Hummel in the late 1960’s.
His friend Tom Rose lent him his works’ team car YW5758 for Edmunds to reproduce
the body exactly. In my ownership I’ve done much mechanical work and driven approximately
80,000 miles, mostly touring France, but also attending events in the UK. In 1983
we shipped the car to South Africa for the “Total Tour of South Africa”. Moreover,
I can now claim to have been the careful guardian of this magnificent car for longer
(28 years) than any previous owner.
Chassis PB3537 was built at Bentley Motors' Cricklewood Works as a standard 1930
Model 4½ Litre on the standard 10' 10" wheelbase chassis: with engine PB3531; "D"
type gearbox; and late pattern rear axle with 15/53 3.53 axle ratio.
The chassis frame is the late pattern with deep bottom flanges and reinforcing plates
inside the chassis above the strut gear uprights. The braking system is as per the
1930 specification with self-wrapping brakes and stainless steel handbrake lever.
The engine is the original with Electron sump, turret and valve chest.the sideplates
are stainless steel. The carburettors are original HVG5 pattern on the original manifold
complete with all the original rods and levers. Also, the brake pedal shaft is the
late pattern mounted on alluminium trunion blocks.
The instruments are original Jeager speedo and revolution counter, togather with
Smiths' clock. Smiths' 0-60 oil pressure guage, Smiths' bezel switch/ammeter, Smiths'
starter switch. and additional oil temperature guage, Ki-gass contol, Bosch horn
buttons and twin dash lamps. The switchplate is the standard Bentley unit with thr
original chassis number PB3537.
The chassis is also currently fitted with blower strut gear, Marchal fork-mounted
headlights, Napoleon (of London) fold-flat screen, 38 gallon LeMans fuel tank, and
Adre Hartford friction dampers.
Build Specification of Chassis PB3537 :-
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