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1926 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : LM1342

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Sold for $862,214 (€701,500) at 2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
W.O. Bentley unveiled the 3 Litre car bearing his name on Stand 126 at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, only a few weeks after the very first prototype engine was fired up for the first time. Bentley's now famous 4-cylinder engine was fitted in a pressed-steel chassis of 9 feet, 9.5 inches for the Speed Model, which was later enlarged to 10 feet, 10 inches on the Standard Long chassis in 1923.

This 3 Litre Speed Model was assembled in October 1926 toward the end of the 3 Litre production and shortly before the introduction of the new 4.5 Litre model. The body is a standard Vanden Plas four-seater sports tourer with full-length valanced winds, and its low windscreen gives the car a very sporting profile. This Bentley has just been restored in England with all its original numbered parts and its original Vanden Plas body.

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2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€650,000-€850,000 
Sale Price :
USD $862,214 (€701,500.00)

1926 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Sold for USD$378,175
  2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
 
1926 Bentley 3-Litre 'Red Label' Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: LM1342
Sold for USD$862,214
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1926 Bentley 3 Litre image  1926 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1926 BENTLEY 3-LITRE 'LIGHT TOURER'
Chassis#: HP393
Sold for USD$425,769
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1926 Bentley 3 Litre
Sold for USD$160,227
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1926 Bentley 3-Litre
Sold for USD$315,743
  2012 Coys Auctions - Spring Classics
 
1926 Bentley 3 litre Speed Model Fitted with 4 1/2 litre Engine Vanden Plas Four Seater Tourer
Chassis#: AH1478
Sold for USD$193,111
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 

Bentley 3 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1926 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 Bentley 3-Litre TourerA18AP3072021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $140,000$180,000
1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model TourerLT15962020 H & H Imperial War Museum Duxford $165,000$185,000
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports TourerSR14212019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $385,000$400,000
1926 Bentley 3 Litre Weymann Saloon by Gurney NuttingAP3252019 Historics at Brooklands Ascot Racecourse $265,000$320,000
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Weymann Drophead CoupéTN15682019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $400,000$500,000
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports TourerDE12202018 Bonhams : Goodwood $380,000$420,000
1926 Bentley 3 litre Short Chassis Sports TourerSR 14212016 Coys : Mondial De L'Automobile Paris $420,000$450,000
1926 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model TourerRT15412011 Bonhams The December Sale $300,000$320,000

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1926 Bentley 3 Litre Profiles

1926 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: LM1342
1926 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1926 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
LeMans Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: PH1461
Engine #: PH1468
1926 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
SS Boattail
Coachwork: Surbico
Chassis #: NR516
Engine #: 1133
1926 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
Chassis #: TN1568
Engine #: TN1571