1937 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre 

Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly

Semi Razor-Edged Sports Saloon with Sunshine Roof

Chassis N°: B 190 KT

Engine N°: N 9 BY

Registration: EGO 708


Chassis B 190 KT with a 4/5 seater Sports Saloon Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, painted in blue and with grey leather upholstery was delivered to the oldest and largest Bentley retailer Jack Barclay Limited on July 22, 1937. As per the original sales order B 190 KT was delivered to G.H. Withey Esq. of 364 Goswell Road, Islington, London on October 21, 1937.


Mr.  Withey traded in his 1937 20 HP Rover and paid the difference of 1,425 British Pounds plus 15 shilling and 10 pence for 10 gallons of petrol.


He kept the car until September 09, 1945 when he sold B 190 KT to Hyman Cen of 81 Piccadilly, London.


Mr. Cen sold the car December 12, 1951 to Mrs. Agnes Maud Irene Turnbull. She used the car until October 1955 when the car was in need of a technical overhaul. Paddon Brothers of 60, Cheval Place, London took the car and had it overhauled including a full engine rebuild for, according to the very detailed invoice, 260 pounds 7 shilling and 6 pence.


C.H. Hore Esq. bought the car on February 03, 1956 from Paddon Brothers at a price of 800 pounds for his niece Miss Norah Catherine Frances Cheel. After a very short stint with Mr. David Anthony Skinner (from September 28, 1959 to beginning March of 1960) the car went back to Paddon Brothers who sold it to the American L.G. Horneffer of Atlanta, Georgia.


Laurence Grant Horneffer, born on February 25, 1915 and a certified public accountant, was at the time of the purchase the comptroller of the department store Rich’s which later merged with Macy’s.


L.G. Horneffer purchased the car on May 26th, 1960 and shipped it to Jacksonville, GA on August 11th, 1960. A copy of the original Bill of Lading and all invoices are on file. He used the car for a two months trip through England and Europe during that time. Later on, his career brought him to New York and even the Bermudas, but he always kept his car at his home in Atlanta. Mr. Horneffer retired in 1985, and he died in February of 1990 at the age of 74.


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