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1925 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : 921

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Sold for Confidential Amount at 2022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction.
W.O. Bentley unveiled the new 3-litre car bearing his name at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, the prototype engine having fired up for the first time just a few weeks earlier. This 3-Litre is built on the short 117.5-inch frame reserved for the TT Replica and Red Label Speed Models. On its journey north from Bentley's Cricklewood factory in London to its owner Hubert Mason of Southport, it was bodied by the small coachbuilder L & L. T. Taylor of Wolverhampton, which operated from 1920 until 1927. Taylor built the bodies for a variety of different cars, including four 3 Litre Bentleys, but this is the only survivor, kept in very original condition by its 12 previous owners.
Sold for Confidential Amount at 2022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction.
This 1925 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer is powered by a 2,996cc single overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine with four overhead valves per cylinder, and delivering 80 horsepower at 3,500 RPM. There is a four-speed close-ratio gearbox, leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes with Perrot shaft actuation. Its engine, number 917, was the same one it left the factory with in 1925.

This Bentley was ordered in December 1924 through Blackpool agents Queen & Brighton Ltd, and delivered to its first owner Hubert Mason of Birkdale, near Southport in England. It was given coachwork by a Midlands coachbuilder, L.T. Taylor of Wolverhampton.

In 1926, the Bentley was sold to William Belrose and a year later to G.C. Campbell Taylor who retained it for the next six years. In late 1932 or early 1933, it was re-registered for the road, presumably by Taylor with plate 'RB 7566' which it still wears. The Bentley would have five additional owners through the 1930s.

In 1956 it was in the care of C.H. Elliot with whom it was registered with the Bentley Drivers Club. A. R. Larman purchcased it in 1965, and J. O. Stannard in 1970. It would remain with Mr. Stannard for five years before it was sold to A.J. Harper in 1980. By 2007 it was owned by Stanley Mann, with the current caretaker purchasing it in 2013. Since then, it has been given a refurbishment with a bare-metal repaint in British Racing Green and a newly matching interior completed by Classic Automobiles of Lancaster, California. The engine rebuild was performed by Mosier Restorations at a similar time. The work was rewarded with a class award at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2021

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2022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sold for Confidential Amount

2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $475,000-USD $575,000 
Lot was not sold

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1925 sales)
1925 Bentley 3.0-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: 1079
Sold for USD$145,994
  2021 Silverstone Auctions : The Classic Sale at Silverstone
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
Chassis#: 1224
Sold for USD$355,704
  2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 - 1939)
 
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
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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
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1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
Sold for USD$121,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Bentley 3 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1925 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1925 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer9212022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction $350,000$450,000
1925 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer9212021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $475,000$575,000
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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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Profiles

1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 930
Engine #: 914
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Supersports Brooklands
Chassis #: 1161
Engine #: 546
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Model Tourer
Coachwork: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis #: 921
Engine #: 917
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 1108
Engine #: SR1424
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Four Seater Tourer
Coachwork: Jarvis
Chassis #: 777
Engine #: 787
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AP311
Engine #: HP376
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Model
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 1025
Engine #: 451 (was originally 1037)