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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer / 921 Vehicle Information

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

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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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.
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



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

(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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3-liter 100mph Supersports 'Brooklands' Two-seater
Chassis#: 1161
Sold for USD$601,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$236,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley Three-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$253,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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-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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Bentley 3 Litre Vehicle Profiles
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Model Year: 1920
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gairn & Company
Chassis Num: 19
Engine Num: 20
Model Year: 1921
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: 3
Engine Num: 4
Model Year: 1921
Profile and Auction History

Tourist Trophy Sports Car
Bentley 3 Litre Tourist Trophy Sports Car

Model Year: 1922
Profile
Sports Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 109
Model Year: 1922
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 141
Engine Num: 62
Model Year: 1922
Profile

TT Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre TT Tourer

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1923
Profile
Sports Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 246
Engine Num: 246
Model Year: 1923
Profile
TT Replica Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre TT Replica Tourer

Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 263
Engine Num: 339
Model Year: 1923
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 332
Engine Num: 337
Model Year: 1923
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis Num: 409
Engine Num: SE12
Model Year: 1923
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Model Year: 1924
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Model Year: 1924
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1924
Sports Car
Bentley 3 Litre Sports Car

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 392
Engine Num: 401
Model Year: 1924
Profile and Auction History

Hawkeye Special
Bentley 3 Litre Hawkeye Special

Chassis Num: 477
Engine Num: TW2702
Model Year: 1924
Profile and Auction History
Sports Car
Bentley 3 Litre Sports Car

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 532
Engine Num: 538
Model Year: 1924
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Chassis Num: 564
Engine Num: 557
Model Year: 1924
Profile

Bridges Saloon
Bentley 3 Litre Bridges Saloon

Coachbuilder: Bridges Garage
Chassis Num: 676
Engine Num: 690
Model Year: 1924
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717
Model Year: 1924
Profile and Auction History
Sports Car
Bentley 3 Litre Sports Car

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 815
Engine Num: 806
Model Year: 1924
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1925
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1925
Speed Model
Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 1025
Engine Num: 451 (was originally 1037)
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 1108
Engine Num: SR1424
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History
Supersports Brooklands
Bentley 3 Litre Supersports Brooklands

Chassis Num: 1161
Engine Num: 546
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History
Four Seater Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Four Seater Tourer

Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis Num: 777
Engine Num: 787
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History

Speed Model Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer

Coachbuilder: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis Num: 921
Engine Num: 917
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 930
Engine Num: 914
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AP311
Engine Num: HP376
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History

Speed Sports Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Speed Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1926
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1926
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LM1342
Model Year: 1926
Profile and Auction History

SS Boattail
Bentley 3 Litre SS Boattail

Coachbuilder: Surbico
Chassis Num: NR516
Engine Num: 1133
Model Year: 1926
Profile
LeMans Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre LeMans Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PH1461
Engine Num: PH1468
Model Year: 1926
Profile
Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé
Bentley 3 Litre Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: TN1568
Engine Num: TN1571
Model Year: 1926
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1927
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1927
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AX1668
Engine Num: AX1672
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Chassis Num: BL 1603
Engine Num: BL 1606
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BL1620
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ML1501
Engine Num: AX1675
Model Year: 1927
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Chassis Num: RT1533
Engine Num: RT1546
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Speed Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Speed Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

Chassis Num: DN1741
Engine Num: DN1744
Model Year: 1929
Profile


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