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1923 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : 263

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Bentley produced seventy-one examples of their TT Replica models. These models were produced following the Bentley Team's 2nd, 4th and 5th place finishes in the 1922 Tourist Trophy Race. Their success in the race convinced the company to produce a replica model. The TT Replicas rode on a 117.5-inch wheelbase and were fitted with a close-ratio gearbox. The top speed was in the neighborhood of 90 mph.

W.O. Bentley delivered the first TT Replica to his good friend F. Gordon Crosby who had designed the winged B radiator badge and designed the three-liter radiator itself.

This Tourer wears a recent restoration by Northumberland Engineering Inc. in New York. It has been retrofitted with period front wheels, steering upgraded to 4.5-liter specification, removable steering damper, and dual SU 'sloper' carburetors. There are correct Thee-Liter Tourer sidelamps and tail-lamps, and later Lucas headlamps.

The 299cc four-cylinder OHC engine produces 80 horsepower and powers the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. There are four-wheel mechanical brakes and a front beam axle with a live-rear setup.

There are 21-inch wheels and Blockley tires. There is a period Shell gas can mounted on the running board, modern seat belts and a battery cut-off switch.

In 2010, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $275,000. The car would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010

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2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Lot was not sold

1923 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1923 sales)
1923 BENTLEY 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 409
Sold for USD$451,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1923 Bentley 3 Litre image  1923 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1923 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 340
Sold for USD$156,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1923 Bentley 3 litre TT Replica Two-seater
Chassis#: 296
Sold for USD$315,207
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1923 Bentley 3 Litre T.T. Model Tourer
Chassis#: 331
Sold for USD$239,626
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens June 8, 2011
 
1923 Bentley 3-Liter Short Chassis Sports Open Tourer
Chassis#: 332
Sold for USD$203,000
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
1923 Bentley 3 Litre image  1923 Bentley 3 Litre image  

Bentley 3 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1923 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1923 Bentley 3-Litre Saloon2032022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $200,000$250,000
1923 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Supercharged Birkin-era Old Mother Gun Replica2162022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $600,000$650,000
1923 BENTLEY 3-LITRE TOURIST TROPHY REPLICA TOURER1602016 Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting $340,000$400,000
1923 Bentley TT Replica Three Litre Tourer2632010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $225,000$275,000

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1923 Bentley 3 Litre Profiles

1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 332
Engine #: 337
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
TT Replica Tourer
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis #: 263
Engine #: 339
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis #: 409
Engine #: SE12
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 246
Engine #: 246
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
TT Tourer
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.