Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653

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Rare short-chassis example
1927 BENTLEY 6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'

Sold for DKK 7,187,500 (US$ 1,096,408) inc. premium
Rare Short-chassis Example
1927 BENTLEY 6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'

Chassis no. WK 2658
Engine no. WK 2653

6,597 cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors, Four Valves Per Cylinder
160 bhp at 3,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*One of 20 11 foot short wheelbase Chassis completed
*Wonderful W.O. Bentley for Tours and Rallies
*Matching numbers Chassis and Engine and other components
*Researched by W.O. Bentley expert Clare Hay
*Powerful and light car with an exciting look



THE 6½ LITRE BENTLEY

Walter Owen Bentley established Bentley Motors in 1919 in the North London suburb of Cricklewood, though deliveries did not begin until 1921. The first model, a 3 Litre car, was powered by a four-cylinder single overhead camshaft engine with four valves per cylinder. It was a mechanical theme perpetuated in the greatly refined six-cylinder 6½ Litre model of 1926. The need for a larger car had resulted from Bentley's customers specifying bodies of a size not envisaged when the 3 Litre was conceived; a factor only partially addressed by the introduction of the Long Standard chassis in 1923. The 6½ Litre was produced for four years. Of the 362 Standard 6½ Litre Sixes built, only 20 were on the short 11 foot wheelbase.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Chassis WK 2658 is an exciting sporting Bentley that has been thoroughly enjoyed as its list of dedicated owners will testify. The car spent many years of its life in Australia, where its first registered owner was a Mr. David MacKay in 1927, followed by a certain Mr. McGill of Molong, New South Wales. According to Clare Hay, a world leading W.O. Bentley authority and historian, WK 2658 was re-bodied for Mr. McGill in the early 1930s. The original taper-tail 2-seater body, finished in mottled aluminium, which McGill's wife found too draughty, was mounted on a 3 Litre chassis which has since been re-bodied yet again. As a result, little trace remains of the first body on WK 2658, although it may exist fitted to a 1924 Sunbeam 20/60. To please his wife, McGill had a close-coupled four-seater Coupe constructed by a coachbuilder in Sydney.

In 1940, he sold WK 2658 to Jack Jeffery with little more than 19,000 miles on the odometer. Jeffery went to Mr. McGill's property and was entertained for a day, during which he was surreptitiously scrutinised so that the owner could be sure that he was the right type to own the Bentley. After Jeffery's acquisition, WK 2658 lay idle for some time while he mulled over what he wanted to do with the car. At some point, Jeffery then removed the body and dismantled the chassis. The engine was completely refurbished, while the chassis was stripped and repainted, and the drivetrain overhauled, including a new prop-shaft, as well as a special outside exhaust system.

Jeffery then wrote to the Bentley Drivers' Club "...for a set of photographs from different angles of the famous Forrest Lycett 8 Litre record breaker (chassis YX 5121 bodied by Corsica), on which he intended to pattern the new body for his car. These duly arrived, but the general shortage of materials and workmen caused by the war caused a further cessation of work until, a couple of years later, Jack...made a clean swap of the Bentley with George Pearse for a speedboat..." Pearse commissioned new coachwork, but sold WK 2658 back to Jack Jeffrey after the car was dubbed "Pearse's Folly" by local wits in the chosen bodyshop due to its size when compared to the Midget racers they normally built. Jack finally completed this enticing Bentley, and the result is the very handsome sporting car that is on offer today.

The earliest known photograph of WK 2658 shows the car in its current configuration and was taken in connection with an article on the car printed in the September 1950 issue of the Australian magazine Australian Motor Sports. In spite of the efforts Jack Jeffrey put into WK 2658, he used the car only little in the ensuing ten years. In 1950, he sold the car to John Barraclough, who re-sold it to a D.M. Pittendrigh in 1951. In 1955, WK 2658 was acquired by A.R Turner, followed by D.C. Mann in 1958. In 1971, the car was in the USA with new owner B. Moser, who sold it to W.E. Blackaby in 1975. From 1982 to 1984, it was in the hands of Barry D. Cooney. That year Jack Goffette became the new owner. The car was later part of the Seattle-based Vintage Racing Motors Collection, before being acquired by Henrik Frederiksen.

According to Clare Hay, the 1927 specification has the dynamo under the scuttle driven off the back of camshaft, plain bonnet sides with two opening panels on each side, a light pattern front axle beam and rod-operated brakes. Bentley Motors converted 1927 models to 1928 specification at the company's expense, and sent out a 1928 pattern radiator and dynamo, but these were never fitted. Hence, WK 2658 is possibly the only remaining unconverted car. It has its original plain bonnet (with the two opening panels to the offside missing due to the temporary outside exhaust fitted by Jeffrey) and its original dynamo driven off the camshaft. The front axle beam is a light pattern, the front brakes are assumed to be the early rod pattern with no brake servo. The car retains its original crankcase, steering box and other major parts.

WK 2658 is a powerful and exciting car that looks just right, irrespective of the angle from which it is contemplated. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a scarce short-chassis Bentley that will provide exhilarating wind-in-the-hair motoring accompanied by the distinctive throaty exhaust note from its big-six engine.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne spændende Bentley blev eksporteret til Australien og indregistreret dér første gang i 1927. Ifølge Clare Hay, verdens førende W.O. Bentley ekspert, fik chassis WK2658 et nyt karosseri allerede i starten af 1930'erne. Hustruen til bilens nummer to ejer mente, at det var for koldt at køre i det originale åbne topersoners karosseri, så et lukket firepersoners Coupe karosseri blev bygget til bilen i Sydney.

Ejer nummer tre købte bilen i 1940, og nogle år senere fjernede han Coupe karosseriet fra chassiset og gik i gang med at renovere det. Han besluttede sig så for at skifte karosseri endnu en gang, og skrev til
Bentley Drivers' Club i England for at rekvirere billeder af den berømte Forrest Lycett 8 Litre verdensrekordbil (chassis YX5121 med karosseri af Corsica), som han ville bruge til at lave det nye karosseri til WK2658. Han fik imidlertid aldrig tilendebragt konstruktionen af det nye karosseri og solgte bilen videre. Den nye ejer satte et lokalt karosseriværksted til at gøre det færdigt, men kort tid derefter solgte han den tilbage til den forrige ejer, som endeligt fik lavet det karosseri, som bilen har i dag.

WK2658 er en spændende Bentley med masser af power, som ydermere ser perfekt ud fra alle vinkler. Auktionen byder på en usædvanlig mulighed for at erhverve en sjælden W.O. Bentley på et chassis med den eftertragtede korte akselafstand. Bilen kommer til at give den nye ejer helt ekstraordinære køreoplevelser ledsaget af det karakteristiske Bentley-bulder fra den store 6-cylindrede motor.

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Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
Rare Short-chassis Example,1927 BENTLEY  6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'  Chassis no. WK 2658 Engine no. WK 2653
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