1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90
Lot 121
1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90
Sold for £123,600 (US$ 201,971) inc. premium

Lot Details
1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90 1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90 1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90 1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90 1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90 1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation  Chassis no. GYD56 Engine no. BG89BSG90
1935/90 Bentley Speed Six Tourer Re-creation
Coachwork by Petersen Engineering

Registration no. GU 8514
Chassis no. GYD56
Engine no. BG89BSG90

Footnotes

  • 'It is extraordinarily difficult to explain in words or writing the exact fascination of a big, fast car of the type so ably represented by the big Bentley speed model.' The Autocar on the Bentley Speed Six, September 5th, 1930.
    From the humblest of beginnings in a mews garage off Baker Street, London in 1919 the Bentley rapidly achieved fame as an exciting fast touring car, well able to compete with the best of European and American sports cars in the tough world of motor sport in the 1920s. W O Bentley had proudly debuted the new 3-litre car bearing his name on Stand 126 at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition. Powered by a four-cylinder engine with single-overhead-camshaft, fixed 'head and four valves per cylinder, it set the pattern for the more refined six-cylinder 6½-Litre model that followed. The latter's introduction mid-decade was prompted by the 3-Litre's waning competitiveness and the fact that too many customers had been tempted to fit unsuitably heavy coachwork to the excellent 3-Litre chassis. It is the stuff of legend that in 1925 a prototype of the Bentley 'six' encountered Rolls-Royce's 'New Phantom' while on test in France, the episode resulting in 'W O' increasing the engine capacity from 4½ litres to 6,597cc, in which form it was to remain from 1926 to 1930.
    In 1928 the Speed Six model, W O's favourite car, was introduced. Although the 6½-Litre had been conceived as a touring car to compete with Rolls-Royce's New Phantom, in Speed Six form it proved admirably suited to competition: in 1929 Barnato/Birkin's Speed Six won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race ahead of a trio of 4½-Litre Bentleys and Barnato/Kidston repeated the feat in the following year's Grand Prix d'Endurance at the Sarthe circuit ahead of similarly-mounted Clement/Watney.
    The stunning Speed Six re-creation offered here is the product of the Devon-based Petersen Engineering, a firm that has built up an unrivalled reputation for its work in rebuilding and restoring Bentley motor cars. Over the past 25 years the company has built nearly 60 'Petersen Specials' - classic re-creations constructed using period parts and coachwork of authentic 1920s patterns and dimensions. Thus the Petersen cars enable enthusiasts to enjoy the 'Vintage Bentley' experience with the additional benefits of more modern technology and improved materials.
    This particular example is erected on a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp chassis, bodied originally as a fixed-head coupé by Freestone & Webb, which features open tourer coachwork in the classic Vanden Plas style as fitted to the Le Mans team cars. The engine is a Bentley S-Series 4.9-litre six-cylinder dating from the 1950s, which is coupled to a Bentley D-type four-speed manual/overdrive gearbox. Other noteworthy features include hydraulic front brakes, electric fuel pump, full weather equipment and electric power steering (the latter fitted in 2010).
    The car was constructed by Petersen in 1990 and then rebuilt by them in 2005/2006 before being sold to the current vendor. We are advised that the engine was overhauled and a new clutch fitted at 23,000 miles (the odometer currently reads 34,000 miles) and that regulation oil pressure of 30-35psi is maintained. While in the vendor's care the car has participated in various rallies and tours but has not been raced. Events entered include the Via Flaminia in Italy (2007 and 2008) and the Grand Prix de Tours in France (2009).
    The car is finished in British Racing Green with matching leather upholstery and Wilton carpeting, and is described as in generally excellent mechanical condition with good paintwork and interior. Said to be easy to drive in modern traffic, it is offered with purchase invoice, MoT to June 2011 and Swansea V5
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