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1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre Sports Tourer / BX 2421 Vehicle Information

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre photograph

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W.O. Bentley introduced the new 6½ liter model in October 1925 at the Olympia Motor Exhibition. The straight six engine powering the vehicle actually displaced 6597cc and the chassis was very similar to the earlier Bentley's, though the braking had been enhanced to cope with the extra power. There was also a more substantial differential and a plate clutch. This new model would be the basis for the company's future campaigns at Le Mans up to 1930 when they retired from racing.

Chassis number BX 2421 has a documented history from new. The original owner was E. Bullivant of Mortimer House, Egerton Gardens. The vehicle carried a guarantee date of March 1927, and was fitted with the later pattern push-on brakes and a 26 gallon tank, features which would only become standard the following year. It had a long steering column and a 3 liter exhaust fishtail. The Sports Tourer coachwork was crafted by Vanden Plas. The body was paneled rather than fabric and it was designed with an armrest for the driver. There were side lockers, a trunk at its rear and a double spare wheel carrier. Full weather protection was required and it had pockets to all the doors. Accessories included Zeiss headlamps. The total cost of the body alone was nearly twice that of a standard Vanden Plas body.

During Bullivant's first year of ownership, the car was upgrade with a new radiator and crankshaft driven dynamo, camshaft damper and 'new type carb.' In 1929, the car was traded at Jack Barclay for a newer model. the next owner was R. Winloe who kept the car maintained by the factory, and continued updates with high speed oil pump gears, a sprung steering wheel, rear hydraulic shock absorbers to the rear and a Spicer shaft, as well as converting it to a C type 'box with the help of Birkin & Coupers of Welwyn.

In 1936, it was purchased by C. Burrage-Moulton. By 1988, it had gone through 10 different owners and was now in the care of C. Pettit. In this period it carburetion was uprated with the fitment of early Speed Six pattern twin SU units. A short time later, the car was offered for sale at auction by Bonhams. Ownership passed to a private British collection, emerging recently for it sale.

In 2011, it returned to a Bonhams auction, this time at the Quail Lodge in California. It would leave the auction unsold after bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011


2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,000,000-USD $2,500,000 
Lot was not sold

2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Lot was not sold

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bentley 6½-Litre Le Mans Sports in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: BX2416
Sold for USD$1,160,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  
1927 Bentley 6½-Litre All-Weather Tourer by T.H. Gill & Son
Chassis#: PR2310
Sold for USD$714,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  
1927 BENTLEY 6½ LITRE 'BOB-TAIL'
Chassis#: WK 2658
Sold for USD$1,156,577
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1927 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports
Chassis#: BX 2416
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  
1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Litre Sport Coupe
Sold for USD$726,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  
1927 Bentley Speed Six Surbico
Sold for USD$781,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1927 Bentley 6½ Liter All-Weather Touring CarPR23102018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction $800,000$950,000
1927 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Sports TourerBX24212012 Gooding and Company The Scottsdale Auction $2,000,000$2,500,000
1927 Bentley 6½ Liter Sports TourerBX 24212011 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre
1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre
1926 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: TB2542
Engine Num: FW2605

Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre
1926 Open Two Seater
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WB2555
Engine Num: WB2555
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre
1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: WK2662
Engine Num: FW2616

Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX 2421
Engine Num: DH 2201
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX2416
Engine Num: BX 2421

Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six
1927 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Markham
Chassis Num: DH2206
Engine Num: NH2732

Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KD2111
Engine Num: KD2115
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1927 All Weather Touring
Coachbuilder: T.H. Gill & Son
Chassis Num: PR2310
Engine Num: PR2308

Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1927 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: TW2713
Engine Num: TW2716
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre
1928 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: BR2354
Engine Num: BR2361

1927 Bentley 6 ½-Litre

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