Classics, passion for the past

1939 Bentley 4½-Litre Hooper Sports Saloon B101MX

£ 95000

Body Saloon
Odometer
Fuel type Petrol
Engine
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Blue
Upholstery Leather
Steering Rhd
VIN B101MX
Description
A lovely example of a rare and desirable ‘M series’ Bentley. Of the two hundred of these chassis built, many were bodied by Park Ward, but this Hooper specimen is rare, unusual, handsome and in very fine order, beautifully finished in deep blue, which suits it particularly well, with excellent blue/grey leather, high quality headlining, carpets, etc, and overall looking gorgeous. The frontal aspect, with a superb set of lamps & horns finishes the look. The history file includes invoices from the 1950s and 1960s as well as more recent ones which show £39,000 having been spent in the last ownership of 15 years. We also have various correspondence between earlier owners, copies of old MoT certificates, etc. Correct, driving well, and very useable. Serviced and to be freshly MoT tested.

Chassis No. B101MX Reg No. FXV 540

Snippets: Racehorses, Shipping, Spinners & Black Pigs
When Sir Cecil Ernest Roll died in 1938 he left in excess of £460,000 to be shared amongst his 3 sons – James (1912/98), Gordon (1913/76) & Jack Basil Roll (1915/59). James was a parish priest in the East End of London but his younger siblings lived a life of glamour – they went to America to try their luck in the film industry & with their inheritance bought racehorses in order to compete against each other in the Grand National – Tuckmill & Epiphanes, neither which finished the race. Jack also spent his money on buying a new car, namely B101MX. When WWII broke out Gordon & Jack were in America but they both immediately returned home & signed up with the Queen’s Royal Regiment but in 1941 Jack transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment. In the summer of 1940 Gordon Roll was captured and spent the remainder of WWII as a Prisoner of War in Stalag XXB at Marienburg, Prussia – other sporting prisoners included V Mitchell (Handicap Jockey), C. Hook (steeplechase jockey) and R. Allen (goalkeeper for QPR). After the war Jack took up farming and in 1949 sailed to Cape Town on the Pretoria Castle with Patricia Alexandra Kingshott, a hairdresser & a Miss Sonia Weeks (in 1970 Patricia Kingshott registered a patent for hair straighteners). The relationship between Jack & Patricia is unknown but when he died in 1959 the probate was granted to Patricia who was still, then, a single lady. Jack only owned B101MX for 3 years and the 2nd owner was Frederick Herbert Marsden Kaye of Sussex, his 1st wife, Ina, was the daughter of Sir August B. T. Cayzer of the shipping family. Frederick Kaye also came from a shipping background with his grandfather Frederick Kaye having established Kaye Son & Co, Kaye Steam Navigation and Kaye Tanker Management in the late 1890s – in 1897 the vessel Kemmel was sold by Kaye Shipping to Cayzer, Irvine & Co! The routes of Kaye’s vessels included Europe, Argentina & Jamaica with the goods being meat, bananas, livestock & coal to mention a few. Frederick Kaye was the last member of the family to be in involved in the firm and by 1973 Kaye & Son had been absorbed into the Furness, Withy Group and the last of the Kaye vessels the “Kayeson” sold in 1981. By 1946 B101MX had been purchased by Alfred Leslie Mollett of Barkerend Mills of Bradford. In 1926 Alfred had married Eileen Cockroft whose family were owners of several spinning mills in the Halifax & Bradford area. The Mollett family themselves were established merchants whose business interests included ironmongery, electrical engineering, plumbing, flooring with warehouses, factories and showrooms in Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield and Halifax. Again B101MX was only with Alfred for 5 years before it was purchased by Stanley Arthur Stimpson of Norwich, his family had established themselves in Norfolk as farmers in the early 1800s with Benjamin Stimpson who farmed in the Alderford area – direct descendants of Benjamin emigrated to New Zealand, and South Africa. Stanley Stimpson’s prize winning pigs included Bixley Majestic, Bixley Margaret, Bixley Teresa & his horses included Bixley Doris & Bixley Stella .