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Bentley 3 Litre Speed
Dear friends and lovers of automotive rarities,
it is the special gems of our common passion that are the highlights of a period. Finding such special vehicles is what drives us. A special chapter in vehicle construction and racing history is the Bentley 3 Litre Speed "Vanden Plas".
Already in the 1920s and 1930s, Bentleys were among the most admired and feared racing cars on the racetracks, and today they enjoy an excellent reputation among collectors and classic car enthusiasts.
Bentley and Vanden Plas were an ingenious pairing in the 1920s. While Bentley produced the 3 Litre, a robust everyday machine and a pioneering chassis, Vanden Plas, right in the neighbourhood, coachbuilt many of the chassis produced with their incomparable coachwork.
Originally the Bentley 3 Litre was delivered with about 70 hp. Mainly with cheaper tourer bodies. The LeMans victory of 1924 awakened the customers' desire for more power and so from 1924 onwards the Speed engine, increased to 85 hp, and a shortened chassis were available. In 1929, after 1,619 cars, Bentley decided to concentrate on larger engines.
It is with great pleasure that I present to you one of the few, largely original 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed with Vanden Plas coachwork. And not with the Tourer body but with a particularly successful "Boat-Tail" body. It is highly probable that this is a one-off production on behalf of a customer. The vehicle has the original body but was fitted with modified mudguards as early as the 1920s.
An impressive view from all perspectives. The shiny aluminium body with the tastefully colour-contrasting attachments harmonises perfectly with the brawny lines.
The craftsmanship of the woodwork alone shows the attention to detail with which the Vanden Plas staff built the car. In the middle, the cover for the emergency seat.
Haute couture from the accessories upper house: headlights from the Parisian house of Stephen Grebel.
Well-maintained details with no maintenance hold-ups. The car has always been maintained by specialists at great expense.
Cylinders in line, each with 4 valves, an overhead camshaft with a king shaft and 2 x SU G5 carburettors produce 85 hp from 2,996 cc. Engineering at its best.
Perfectly preserved details
There are only a few examples of these special cars left, where the data is as comprehensible and provable as with this vehicle.
We would be pleased to inform you in a personal conversation about this and other rarities of automobile history.
Your Thomas H. Rupf
Price: 650.000,-- EUR