1925 Bentley 3 Litre Supersports Brooklands / 1161 Vehicle Information

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1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

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Supersports Brooklands
Chassis #: 1161
Engine #: 546
Sold for $410,276 (£276,500) at 2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia.
Sold for $601,000 at 2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
Bentley's were impressive automobiles that were victorious at LeMans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. They were driven with great success by legendary drivers such as Woolf Barnato, Jack Dunfee, Tim Birkin, and Sammy Davis.

At the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, W.O. Bentley proudly debuted the new 3-liter car bearing his name on Stand 126. The prototype engine had been fired up for the first time just a few weeks earlier. This new model, still in its infancy, was destined to become a legend in motor racing history. It has also become a vintage sports icon with its leather-strapped bonnet, classical radiator design and British Racing Green livery.

Between 1925 to 1927, Bentley offered the 100mph Supersports model for their most demanding motorists. Only eighteen examples were built of which 17 were on the short 9-foot wheelbase. The other example was on the Standard Speed model 9f 9.5-inch wheelbase. These cars were very expensive and featured a lightweight chassis, a 15:53 rear axle and an A-type gearbox. The Supersports models were immediately recognizable by their distinctive Green Label tapered radiator.

This example, chassis number 1161, is fitted with the short 9-foot wheelbase. It was first registered in July of 1925 with London County Council. The first recorded owner was J.B. Stennett of The Laurels, Winchmore Hill. The original body style is unknown. Lt. Col. Peter Gillett of The Royal Artillery owned the car in 1949 before selling it that year to Lt. Col. Hugh Widdington-Moor. D J Haley owned the car in 1950, W Main of Fitton, near Bristol was the recorded owner in 1951 and Jim Howarth of Burnley acquired it in 1966.

While in Haley's care, the car was given engine number 72 which came from chassis number 68. The first owner of that vehicle was J.B. Stennett. At some stage in the car's life, chassis 1161 was given a 4.5-liter engine and the engine now fitted, number 546, comes from chassis number 540. The original engine in 1161, engine number 1145, is now in chassis number 609.

In 1987, Jim Howarth constructed the present coachwork for chassis number 1161. It is a Brooklands style body similar to the competition Bentley models of that era. The vehicle is finished in dark British Racing Green and the interior is trimmed in black leather which matching black carpets. Driving equipment includes Lucas King of the Road head and side lamps, CAV rear lamps, including flashing indicators and brake lights. There are Andre Hartford shock absorbers, front-wheel brakes, quick fill and release petrol cap and fishtail exhaust. The car rides on 820 x 120mm beaded edge wheels, Excelsior tires with Dunlop heavy duty tubes with brass air fittings installed. There is a luggage storage area behind the seating accommodation.

In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge auction presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $601,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011


2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
USD $601,000

2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia

Sale Price :
USD $410,276 (£276,500.00)

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1925 sales)
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 1108
Sold for USD$335,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: 1137
Sold for USD$220,740
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 777
Sold for USD$272,250
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 893
Sold for USD$307,065
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1925 BENTLEY 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 1009
Sold for USD$462,000
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$231,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Speed Model Red Label Tourer
Chassis#: 1162
Sold for USD$253,407
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports
Chassis#: 1025
Sold for USD$350,146
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 886
Sold for USD$186,788
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Shooting Brake
Chassis#: 915
Sold for USD$198,024
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1925 BENTLEY 3-LITRE TOURER
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$231,000
  2011 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction
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1925 Bentley 3-liter 100mph Supersports 'Brooklands' Two-seater
Chassis#: 1161
Sold for USD$601,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$236,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
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1925 Bentley Three-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$253,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
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1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: HP388
Sold for USD$260,189
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1925 Bentley 3 litre 100mph Supersports Brooklands Two-seater
Chassis#: 1161
Sold for USD$410,276
  2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
Sold for USD$121,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1925 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1925 Bentley 3-4½ Litre Open Tourer 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer in the style of Vanden PlasAP3112018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $450,000$550,000
1925 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Tourer9162016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1925 Bentley 3-Litre/41/2-Litre Sports Tourer10462003 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $80,000$100,000

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Vehicle Profiles

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Engine Num: 109
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Engine Num: 246
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Engine Num: 339
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Engine Num: 337
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Engine Num: 401
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Engine Num: TW2702
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Engine Num: 538
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Engine Num: 557
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Coachbuilder: Bridges Garage
Chassis Num: 676
Engine Num: 690
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Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 815
Engine Num: 806
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Speed Model
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Chassis Num: 1025
Engine Num: 451 (was originally 1037)
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 1108
Engine Num: SR1424
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Supersports Brooklands
Chassis Num: 1161
Engine Num: 546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Four Seater Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis Num: 777
Engine Num: 787
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Coachbuilder: L & L. T. Taylor
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Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 930
Engine Num: 914
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
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Engine Num: HP376
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Tourer
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Engine Num: 1133
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
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Engine Num: PH1468
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Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
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Engine Num: TN1571
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AX1668
Engine Num: AX1672
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Chassis Num: BL 1603
Engine Num: BL 1606
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BL1620
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Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ML1501
Engine Num: AX1675
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: RT1533
Engine Num: RT1546
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Engine Num: DN1744


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