1926/7 Bentley 3/4 1/2-litre Chassis

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Lot 347
1926/7 Bentley 3/4 1/2-litre Chassis

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,490) inc. premium
1926/7 Bentley 3/4 1/2-litre Chassis
W O Bentley proudly debuted the new 3-litre car bearing his name on Stand 126 at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, the prototype engine having fired up for the first time just a few weeks earlier. In only mildly developed form, this was the model which was to become a legend in motor racing history and which, with its leather-strapped bonnet, classical radiator design and British Racing Green livery has become the archetypal vintage sportscar.
Early success in the 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, where Bentleys finished second, fourth and fifth to take the Team Prize, led to the introduction of the TT Replica (later known as the Speed Model). However, by the middle of the decade the 3-Litre's competitiveness was on the wane and this, together with the fact that too many customers had been tempted to fit unsuitably heavy coachwork to the excellent 3-Litre chassis rather than accept the expense and complexity of Bentley's 61/2-litre 'Silent Six', led to the introduction of the '41/2'.
In effect, the new 41/2-Litre model consisted of the chassis, transmission and brakes of the 3-Litre and an engine that was in essence two-thirds of the six-cylinder 61/2-litre unit. Thus the new four-cylinder motor retained the six's 100x140mm bore/stroke and Bentley's familiar four-valves-per-cylinder fixed-'head architecture, but reverted to the front-end vertical camshaft drive of the 3-Litre. The 41/2-Litre was produced for four years, all but nine of the 665 cars made being built on the 3-Litre's 'Long Standard', 10' 10"-wheelbase chassis.
This lot consists of a 3-Litre type rolling chassis (of unknown provenance), axles, wheels, fuel tank, prop-shaft, bulkhead, steering column and box, 41/2-litre engine (crankcase, block, sump, rocker cover), pistons (4), con-rods, camshaft, magnetos, exhaust and inlet manifolds, water pump, radiator, headlamps, gearbox and assorted ancillary parts. It is sold strictly as viewed.

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