Where better to start than with Roger Felton's Derby.
Roger is justifiably proud of this wonderful car which has rejoiced in being known as 'BETSEY' for the last 25 years. She is a 1939 Bentley 41/4 litre MX series with overdrive. Her chassis number is B35MX and the engine number is U2 BT. The body is by Thrupp and Maberly and she is a Sedanca Coupe.
She was first owned by Captain Molyneux of Rootes but by the 1950's she was owned by the eighth Earl Bathurst and it was at this time that the crest was added to the two doors. I can only assume that this crest is his !
During the period between 1977 and 1986 the car spent time in Germany and was owned by Mr Manfred Zimmer but was curiously registered in London. By 1987 the car had acquired the Betsy name and was in the Isle of Mann in the ownership of Derek Randall who had the car fully restored by Fiennes Restoration. At this time she had the registration plate UMN 2, a registration plate of the IoM. In 2009 Roger Felton acquired the car and a the original number plate, FXM 600.
She has been featured in two books, "Bentley, The 1938/1939 Overdrive Cars" by Mervyn Frankel and Ian Strage as well as "The Derby Built Bentley, 2nd Edition" by Bennard L King.
In 2010 the true quality of the car was rewarded with the BDC Annual Concours d'Elegance awarding it '1st Open Derby Cook Trophy' and the RREC South of England Rally judging it to be the Winner of the Best Pre-War Car Trophy.
Roger & your Webmaster inspect