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3½ Litre Bentley Tyres


3.5 Derby Bentley Tyres
  • The Majority of pre-war Bentley made in Derby, the 3.5 litres & the first 4.25 Litres cars fitted 5.25/5.50X18 Tyres.
  • The Derby Bentley 3½ came fitted with 5.25X18 India tyres. The India is no longer made, also the 5.25/5.50-18 Dunlop which was popular on a 3.5 Derby Bentley is longer manufactured.
  • For a 3 ½ Derby Bentley we would suggest 5.50-18 Pirelli Stella Bianca, as the best gripping tyre, that will offer improved directional stability at cruising speeds.
  • Michelin make a 5.50 x 18 DR which will also improve the comfortable ride compared to some other tyres, with plenty of grip, specially in the wet.
  • However the 5.25/5.50 x 18 Lucas is exceptionally good value, period tyre for the silent sports car.
  • The appropriate innertube for a tyre of this size is the Michelin 17/18H innertube, or the Michelin 18" C RET Central Valve innertube, depending on your wheel type.
  • When fitting the Lucas or the Michelin we suggest between 35psi and 38psi as a suggested 3.5 Litre Derby Bentley tyre pressure.

4¼ Bentley Tyres


1936 Bentley 4.25l Derby Sports

1936 Bentley 4.25l Derby Sports

  • When Rolls Royce first changed the Derby Bentley to the 4 ¼ litre model they continued to fit 5.50X18.
  • We would suggest the best handling tyre is the 550-18 Pirelli Sella Bianca.
  • The 5.50 x 18 Michelin D.R will give the most comfortable ride for a Derby Bentley 4¼ Litre.
  • The 5.25/5.50 x 18 Lucas is also an excellent tyre for these late 1930s Bentley.
  • The last models of 4.25 Derby Bentleys moved onto a 17” rim. With a tyre size 6.50X17.
  • For these later 4 ¼ Bentleys from Derby we suggest 6.00/6.50 x 17 Ensign F4.
  • This tyre is also best fitted with a set of Michelin 17/18H Innertubes.
  • Suggested tyre pressures for 4.25 Bentleys are between 35psi and 38psi for early cars with 18” wheels and 34 psi for cars with 17” wheels.

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    Derby Bentley Recommended Tyres


  1. 5.50-18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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    5.50-18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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  2. 550x18 Michelin D.R.
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    5.50 x 18 Michelin D.R.

    Starting at £339.60 £283.00

  3. 525/550x18 Lucas
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Lucas

    Starting at £147.60 £123.00

  4. 600/650 x17 Ensign F4
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Ensign F4

    Starting at £274.80 £229.00

  5. Michelin 18" C RET Central Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 18" C RET Central Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at £39.60 £33.00

  6. Michelin 17/18H RET Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 17/18H RET Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at £49.20 £41.00


  7. Other Options for Derby Bentley Tyres


  8. 650/700x17 Michelin D.R.
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    6.50/7.00 x 17 Michelin D.R.

    Starting at £372.00 £310.00

  9. 525/550x18 Dunlop D2/103
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Dunlop D2/103
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  10. 600/650x17 Dunlop Fort
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Dunlop Fort
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  11. 525/550x18 Excelsior
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Excelsior

    Starting at £156.00 £130.00

  12. 550H18 Excelsior Comp
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    6.00/6.50 H 18 Excelsior Comp H

    Starting at £264.00 £220.00

  13. 550H18 Excelsior Comp H
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    5.50 H 18 Excelsior Comp H

    Starting at £250.80 £209.00

  14. 5.25/5.50 x 18 Avon
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Avon

    Starting at £195.60 £163.00

  15. 525/550x18 Waymaster Thirty
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Waymaster Thirty

    Starting at £154.80 £129.00

  16. 525/550 18 Ensign D2/103
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    5.25/5.50 x 18 Ensign D2/103

    Starting at £202.80 £169.00

  17. 600/650x17 Firestone
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone

    Starting at £338.40 £282.00

  18. 550x18 Firestone
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    5.50 x 18 Firestone

    Starting at £283.20 £236.00

  19. 6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone Whitewall
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone Whitewall

    Starting at £408.00 £340.00

  20. 5.50 18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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    Set of 4 5.50 18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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  21. 5.50 - 18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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    Set of 5 5.50 - 18 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA
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  22. 525/550 x 18 Lucas
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    Set of 4 5.25/5.50 x18 Lucas

    Starting at £562.80 £469.00

  23. 525/550 x 18 Lucas
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    Set of 5 5.25/5.50 x 18 Lucas

    Starting at £682.80 £569.00

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Bentley Derby


History of the Derby Bentley

The Derby Bentley in the photos above was Barker's London Motor Show car in 1936 and was originally yellow with chrome wheel discs and light tan soft leather upholstery. At the moment the car is being restored to its original condition and if you are lucky enough to visit the factory at Crewe you will see her in a photomontage of the Bentley design DNA in the Design Dept Boardroom, a testament indeed to a 74-year-old design! Hopefully, the owner will be decent enough to send us a picture of the car next to its baby blue sister, a fine stable for the shy and retiring that will be!!

We would like to extend our thanks to the owner of the beautiful Derby Bentley pictured above for allowing us to use the pictures and also for pointing out that I had called an R-Type a Derby (I'm only human, honest!).

Derby Bentley Tyres FAQ

Q: What are the best 3.5 litre Derby Bentley tyres?

A: Pirelli make a 5.50-18 Stella Bianca which is an excellent handling tyre. I deal for the Silent Sports car.


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