Tourer
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717
Walter Owen Bentley was well known in the motorcar world when he introduced his first three-litre model at the 1919 London Auto Show. Racing successes earned Bentley world-wide prestige. In fact, these automobiles won the grueling 24-hour race at Le Mans five times between 1924 and 1930. To many, the 3-Litre Bentley has become the ultimate expression of the pre-World War II English sports car.

It is believed that its coachwork is original to the car; it is also believed that the coachwork was the work of H.J. Mulliner. The car was sold new to Eric G.S. Gordon of Burton Court in London by Gaffikin Wilkinson & Co. of Dover Street in London's West End. The vehicle is a 'Speed Model' specification and is fitted with twin S.U. carburetors, a short chassis, and is badged with an iconic 'Red Label.'

By the spring of 1933, the car is known to have had a new owner, Sidney Rogerson of Albert Hall Mansions in South Kensington, London. Prior to 1940, it was owned by Mr. Mawnsell of Colyton in Devon in the West Country region of England, and then to R. L. Bawden, now in London again in Walthamstow.

It is believed it spent most of its post-war life in a single long-term ownership. It is believed that in the early 1950s the car was given to Dr. Ashworth off Stalybridge in Cheshire as a gift for his 21st birthday. It is also believed that he retained the car until its sale in 1989. By this point in history, it was powered by engine number 403, which had originally been delivered in a long chassis car in 1923. The new owner began a restoration which took nine years to completion. Upon completion, it was offered for sale publicly in 1998. The car was purchased in March of 1998 and migrated to the United States where it has resided ever since. It was owned by Mr. Reid in Vermont in 2002/3 before coming into the care of its current caretaker.

Until recently, the coachwork was believed to have been performed by VandenPlas. New research suggests it was actually the work of H.J. Mulliner.

The current caretaker had the re-freshened and has been actively campaigning the vehicle on a multitude of road touring and show events including several Mille Miglias, the Colorado Grand, and those of the Bentley Driver's Club. It has competed at the Mille Miglia retrospective in 2004, 2005, and 2007.

Chassis# 717

2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
Estimated Value:$450,000-$525,000 
Lot was not sold

Analysis

Chassis number 717 Auction Sales History
2016Pre-Sale Estimates: $450,000 - $525,000

2017 2
2012 3
2011 1
2009 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$275,611$351,2232
2012$397,136$671,0003
2011$217,891$217,8911
2009$258,107$258,1071

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1924 sales)
1924 Bentley 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#:Chassis#:897/780
Sold for $199,999
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:485
Sold for $351,223
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1924 Bentley 3/8-Liter 'Hawkeye Special'
Chassis#:477
Sold for $671,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
    
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Sport Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:792
Sold for $254,500
  2012 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:840
Sold for $265,908
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:401
Sold for $217,891
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre 'Red Label'
Chassis#:Chassis#:356
Sold for $258,107
  2009 Coys Auction - Blenheim Palace
 

No Sale

1924 Bentley 3-Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1924 BENTLEY 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER COACHWORK BELIEVED TO BE BY H.J. MULLINER7172016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $450,000$525,000
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Red Label Speed Model8492009 Bonhams Larz Anderson Auto Museum $275,000$325,000
1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre Sports Roadster4582008 Automobiles of London$475,000$600,000$680,000

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