The 1929 4½ litre
Bentley was one of the last cars to be built
before Bentley was taken over by Rolls Royce.
Only 50 were ever produced.
The very early
Yesteryear models had a distinct 'apple green'
colouring. After complaints from the Bentley
Owners Club this colour was changed to British
racing green which was the colour of all
Up until 1964 the
radiator was cast along with the body and so the
shell was sprayed the same colour. The radiator
grille itself was painted silver. From 1964 the
radiator/shell was formed from a separate
casting. This component was plated silver and
gives an appearance closer to the original car,
as well as being easier to manufacture.
The seats and
tonneau were moulded from plastic. Most issues
were in varying shades of red although some
models can be found with this component in green
which gives a more pleasing appearance.
This model was an
extremely good seller for Lesney but still
maintains higher values than other second series
models. Expect to pay over £20 for mint boxed
examples of the common issue 25 (Number 5, green
seats, silver radiator shell) but for other
regular issues expect to pay over £30. The
scarce 'apple green' models are very rare and
command over £250.