The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307

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Lot 208
The Stan West Collection
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Coachwork by I. Wilkinson & Son Ltd, Derby Registration no. YM 4769 Chassis no. A18AP307

Sold for £ 230,000 (US$ 289,158) inc. premium
The Stan West Collection
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Coachwork by I. Wilkinson & Son Ltd, Derby

Registration no. YM 4769
Chassis no. AP307
*Speed Model engine
*Formerly owned by Victor Gauntlett
*Acquired by Stan West in 2011
*Maintained by P&A Wood

Footnotes

  • 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", 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.

    Early success in the 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, when 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) on the existing 9' 9½" wheelbase, short standard chassis. Identified by the Red Label on its radiator, the Speed Model differed by having twin SU 'sloper' carburettors, a higher compression ratio, different camshaft and the close-ratio A-type gearbox, the latter being standard equipment prior to 1927 when the C-type 'box was adopted. These engine changes increased maximum power from the standard 70 to 80bhp and raised top speed to an impressive 90mph. Other enhancements included the larger (11-gallon) fuel tank and (usually) Andre Hartford shock absorbers. Bentley made approximately 1,600 3-Litre models, the majority of which was bodied by Vanden Plas with either open tourer or saloon coachwork.

    Michael Hay's authoritative work, Bentley, The Vintage Years, records the fact that 'AP307' (engine same number) was completed on the standard 9' 9½" wheelbase chassis with all-weather coachwork by James Young. The registration is recorded as 'YM 4769' and the first owner as a Major V G Whitla. The car is now fitted with engine number '842', formerly in Speed Model chassis '855'. (It should be noted that the accompanying old-style V5C registration document lists the original engine number.)

    The V5C shows that the Bentley was formerly owned by one Michael Owen (from 1st May 1983) and immediately before him by Victor Gauntlett, one-time Chairman of Aston Martin, who registered the car in 1982. Stan West acquired 'YM 4769' in November 2011. The car is known to have belonged to Mr R Hahnenberger of Uppsala, Sweden during the intervening period, as evidenced by bills on file issued by Jonathan Wood in 2009 totalling £26,304. Accumulated during Stan West's ownership and mostly dating from 2011, there are other bills from marque specialists P&A Wood totalling in excess of £59,000, together with a quantity of MoT certificates.

Saleroom notices

  • The Chassis fitted to this Bentley was originally a standard chassis of 10 foot 10 inches. It has been shortened to a 9 foot 9.5 inch 'Speed Model' chassis length.
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The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
The Stan West Collection,1926 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. AP307
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