1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Tourer / B68HR Chassis Information

1930 Bentley Speed Six photograph

1930 Bentley Speed Six photograph

1930 Bentley Speed Six1930 Bentley Speed Six
Blue Train Tourer
Chassis #: B68HR
Engine # B34H-1396
On March 12th of 1930, a wager was made amongst a group of early motoring enthusiasts at a dinner party at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France. The discussion was prompted by the Rover motor car's advertisement, claiming that its Light Six was faster than the famous express train Le Train Bleu. One of the individuals in this discussion was Captain Joel Woolf 'Babe' Barnato, one of the original 'Bentley Boys', as well as the chairman of Bentley Motors and the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1928 and 1929. Mr. Barnato said he could outrun Le Train Bleu in his Bentley Speed Six.

The following day, at 5:45 pm, Le Train Bleu left Cannes, heading to London's Victoria Station, while Barnato and his relief driver left the Carlton Hotel in his Speed Six. They battled heavy rain and fog, delays from searching for fuel, a punctured tire and having to use their only spare, and a choppy ferry ride across the English Channel. They arrived at the St. James Street Conservative Club four minutes before Le Train Bleu even reached the ferry at Calais, France. Captain Barnato had won his bet. The French authorities were quick to deliver him a fine that far exceeded his winnings for racing on public roads. Bentley Motors was also excluded from the 1930 Paris Salon for conducting an unauthorized race.

Barnato owned ten 6.5-liter cars, with seven being standard chassis and three being Speed Six chassis. The 'Blue Train Bentley', as described in newspapers and magazines, was a streamlined 'fastback' coupe, which had been bodied by Gurney Nutting and wore chassis number HM2855. However, the car he actually drove that day, was an unassuming black, fabric-covered saloon that had been built by H.J. Mulliner on a 1929 Bentley Speed Six chassis, number BA2592. The car had been owned by Captain Barnato for a year before the event, while his Gurney Nutting Coupe was still being built.

Seventy-five years after the event occurred, in October 2005, Bentley Motors celebrated it with a limited-edition version of the current series Bentley, a 6.75-liter four-door saloon named the Arnage Blue Train Series.

This particular example is a Blue Train Recreation that was modeled after the Gurney Nutting Coupe and built to exacting standards by a coach-building firm in the UK. Each of these recreations built takes three to five years to complete. This example, built on a 1950 Bentley Mark VI chassis, was completed in October of 2014. After completion, it was imported into the United States. It has covered only delivery miles since new.

Power is from a Bentley B80 inline eight-cylinder engine that has been fitted with four SU carburetors, offering 180 horsepower. There is a synchronized four-speed transmission, with hydraulic front drum and mechanical rear drum brakes. There is a full tool kit in a fold-down tray, matching liquor cabinets, with each containing a decanter and a set of crystal glasses that have been engraved with the Bentley 'B.' The cabinets are finished in highly polished walnut, as is the dash cowl and the tops of the doors. The interior is trimmed in red leather, along with matching red carpeting. A Webasto sliding sunroof is fitted, as are twin side-mounted spare wheels. The exterior of the car is finished in black vinyl-and-leather-covered body.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015


2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$550,000-$650,000 
Lot was not sold

2019 1
2018 1
2017 2
2016 1
2006 1
2003 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: SB 2754
Sold for $874,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: LR 2787
Sold for $1,457,500
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
 
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman's Saloon by Corsica
Chassis#: HM2861
Sold for $3,410,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1931 Bentley 'Blue Train' Special by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: 32TC
Sold for $440,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1930 Bentley 'Blue Train' Re-creation
Sold for $522,500
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six LeMans Tourer
Chassis#: HM2852
Sold for $605,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: LR2777
Sold for $308,244
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Bentley Speed Six's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Bentley Speed Six Sports TourerFR26392019 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction $450,000$650,000
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsmans Saloon by H.J. MullinerLR27782019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $2,600,000$3,200,000
1930 Bentley Blue Train RecreationB68HR2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island $550,000$650,000
1930 BENTLEY SPEED SIX TOURERHM28652014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $680,000$780,000
1930 Bentley 6.5 Litre Le Mans Team Car EvocationKR26792013 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Open Two Seater Boattail
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Speed 6 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BA2592
Engine Num: BA2594
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Grafton Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: FR2630
Engine Num: FR2633
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Weymann Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: FR2640
Engine Num: FR2645
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FR2641
Engine Num: FR2644
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FR2642
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Speed 6 Open Two Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: KF2387
Engine Num: KF2392
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Old Number One
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: LB2332
Engine Num: LB2336
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LB2342
Engine Num: LB2344
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Motor Bodies Ltd
Chassis Num: WT2271
Engine Num: SB2762
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Blue Train Tourer
Chassis Num: 32TC
Engine Num: A7280
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Blue Train Tourer
Chassis Num: B68HR
Engine Num: B34H-1396
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GC 3661
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: HM2855
Engine Num: HM2863
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Open Roadster
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2856
Engine Num: HM2868
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsmans Saloon
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: HM2861
Engine Num: LR2782
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Old Number 2 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2868
Engine Num: HM2872
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2869
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2776
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2778
Engine Num: NH2748S
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: LR2799
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NH2730
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: NH2740
Engine Num: KR2693
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: NH2741
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Open Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SB2756


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