<b>1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER</b><br />Chassis no. 777<br />Engine no. 787

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Lot 158
Numbers Matching, Known History From New
1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Coachwork in the style of Jarvis

Sold for US$ 272,250 inc. premium
Numbers Matching, Known History From New
1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Coachwork by in the style of Jarvis

Chassis no. 777
Engine no. 787

2,996cc SOHC, 4-Valve per Cylinder, Inline 4-Cylinder
2 SU 'Sloper' Carburetors
70bhp at 3,500rpm
4-Speed Close-Ratio Gearbox
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes with Perrot Shaft Actuation

*Rare original matching numbers car
*Offered from long term ownership
*Great looking Vintage Bentley, eligible for many road touring events
*Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance Class winner


THE BENTLEY 3 LITER

With characteristic humility 'W O' was constantly amazed by the enthusiasm of later generations for the products of Bentley Motors Limited, and it is testimony to the soundness of his engineering design skills that so many of his products have survived. 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. Bentley's domination at Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930 is legendary, and one can only admire the Herculean efforts of such giants as Woolf Barnato, Jack Dunfee, Tim Birkin and Sammy Davis, consistently wrestling the British Racing Green sports cars to victory.

W O Bentley proudly unveiled 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. Bentley's four-cylinder 'fixed head' engine incorporated a single overhead camshaft, four-valves per cylinder and a bore/stroke of 80x149mm. Twin ML magnetos provided the ignition and power was transmitted via a four-speed gearbox with right-hand change. The pressed-steel chassis started off with a wheelbase of 9' 9½" (the 'short standard') then adopted dimensions of 10' 10" ('standard long') in 1923, the shorter frame being reserved for the TT Replica and subsequent Speed Model. Rear wheel brakes only were employed up to 1924 when four-wheel Perrot-type brakes were introduced.

In only mildly developed form, this was the model that 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 sports car.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Factory records held by the W O Bentley Memorial Foundation show that this car, chassis number 777 was delivered in August of 1924 to Lt Col Brooke. It was fitted with coachwork by Harrington though the style was unspecified. By 1933 777 was fitted with new coachwork a four-seater sports tourer by Bays with slab tank, twin spares and cycle fenders. A 1935 photo shows the car in this configuration.

The car would find its way to the US in the early 1960s when a Chicago based orthopedic surgeon imported it. The good Doctor forgot to inform his wife he had ordered a vintage Bentley from England and was forced to promptly sell the car to his friend Dr. Glover of Canton Missouri.

Dr. Glover, a large animal veterinarian, was thrilled to get his Bentley and proudly kept the car till his death forty years later.

Purchased out of the estate of Dr. Glover in August of 2004 by the vendor, 777 was found to be in very good mechanical order but in need of a comprehensive cosmetic restoration. It was quickly apparent that this was a highly original and correct chassis that showed no evidence of ever being taken apart. The crude Bays four-seat tourer coachwork was in poor condition and being non-original the decision was made to replace this with a fine new body in the style of Jarvis. The chassis being in such good order a full cosmetic reconditioning was performed without dismantling the car and spoiling the originality. Recently Hal Fillinger had the radiator re-cored and brought back to like new condition.

The model for the coachwork was Jarvis of Wimbledon, well known for their light sporting coachwork having a bit more flare than chief rival Vanden Plas. Long wings with Jarvis style creased centers were fitted and the result was a striking and sporting look. The car was finished in a handsome dark green honoring Bentleys racing heritage. When the restoration was completed 777 was debuted at the Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance where it won its class.

Offered here is a very handsome, well-presented and highly usable Bentley. A proper matching number example (with a most distinctive chassis number) and turned out with delightfully sporting coachwork. 3 Liters are wonderful driving Bentley's with lightness and nimbleness not found in their bigger brothers. Today Vintage Bentley (pre-1932) rallying more popular than ever with numerous excellent tours on both sides of the US as well as internationally. This Bentley is a surprisingly low entry point into one of the best thoroughbred sports cars ever built.

Footnotes

  • Please note this vehicle is titled under model year 1924

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the title for this vehicle is in transit.
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<b>1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER</b><br />Chassis no. 777<br />Engine no. 787
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<b>1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER</b><br />Chassis no. 777<br />Engine no. 787
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