1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer / AX1668 Vehicle Information

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model photograph

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Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AX1668
Engine #: AX1672
Sold for $676,500 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Sold for $693,000 at 2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Three Bentley 3-Litre Speed Models with special Vanden Plas sports coachwork were sent from England in 1927 to Buenos Aires. Two of the three cars, this car AZ 1668 and BL 1619, now back in the U.K., were on the front row of the San Martin, Argentina Grand Prix in August 1927. BL 1619 went on to win the race; unfortunately, the AX 1688 crashed. AX 1669 remains in Buenos Aires.

This 3-Litre Speed Model Bentley rests on a 117-inch wheelbase. The 3-Litre, fixed head engine has four cylinders, an overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, twin S.U. 'sloper' carburetors and twin magneto ignitions. A four-speed 'crash' gearbox operates through a cone clutch. Along with its Vanden Plas coachwork, it has 'elephant tusk' extended windscreen irons and is finished in Forest Greene.

This car's first recorded owner was Paul Pinsent. After a succession of Argentinian owners, it was acquired in 1963 by E. Gomez Ortega, also of Argentina. Around 1970 it was purchased by James Fitzgerald McCloud, the IKA Renault president, who eventually exported the Bentley to the US. Peter Hageman of Kirkland, Washington purchased it around 1995, followed by Theodore Reich, Portland, Oregon around 2000. The current owner acquired it from Mr. Reich.

While the car was in Mr. Reich's care, it was given a complete restoration to as-delivered specifications. The enlarged fuel tank, side spare and Marchal headlamps were retained as part of the car's heritage. The original engine and other mechanicals were rebuilt. The interior was re-trimmed in green leather, and the body was covered with green fabric.

In 2001, it won First in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. After the show, it returned to the restoration shop where it was brought to an even higher standard. The 3 Litre went on to win Best of Show Prewar at the RROC National Meet and received many other accolades. It has been driven regularly, and in 2007 the car completed the Mille Miglia retrospective. It also is said to have performed flawlessly on the 1,500 mile 2015 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic.

This Bentley's coachwork is original. The car is complete with the original owner's handbook, a correct original radiator mascot, and a complete set of original hand tools. It has Marchal headlamps with cross bracing, an enlarged fuel tank, and a spare wheel now located on the passenger side.


2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $693,000

2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $676,500

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports Roadster
Chassis#: TN1559
Sold for USD$291,870
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: AX1668
Sold for USD$693,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model image  
1927 Bentley 3-litre Speed Model Sports Two-Seater
Chassis#: BL1604/DN1731
Sold for USD$472,690
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: AX1668
Sold for USD$676,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model image  
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: ML1511
Sold for USD$212,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1927 BENTLEY 3-LITRE SPEED MODEL TOURER
Chassis#: LT1591
Sold for USD$377,277
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: BL1607
Sold for USD$137,164
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gairn & Company
Chassis Num: 19
Engine Num: 20
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: 3
Engine Num: 4
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter1922 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 109
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter1922 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 141
Engine Num: 62
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 TT Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 246
Engine Num: 246
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 TT Replica Tourer
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 263
Engine Num: 339
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 332
Engine Num: 337
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis Num: 409
Engine Num: SE12
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 392
Engine Num: 401
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Hawkeye Special
Chassis Num: 477
Engine Num: TW2702
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 532
Engine Num: 538
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Chassis Num: 564
Engine Num: 557
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Bridges Saloon
Coachbuilder: Bridges Garage
Chassis Num: 676
Engine Num: 690
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 815
Engine Num: 806
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Speed Model
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 1025
Engine Num: 451 (was originally 1037)
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 1108
Engine Num: SR1424
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Supersports Brooklands
Chassis Num: 1161
Engine Num: 546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Four Seater Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis Num: 777
Engine Num: 787
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Speed Model Tourer
Coachbuilder: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis Num: 921
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 930
Engine Num: 914
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AP311
Engine Num: HP376
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Speed Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LM1342
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 SS Boattail
Coachbuilder: Surbico
Chassis Num: NR516
Engine Num: 1133
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PH1461
Engine Num: PH1468
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: TN1568
Engine Num: TN1571
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AX1668
Engine Num: AX1672
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Chassis Num: BL 1603
Engine Num: BL 1606
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BL1620
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ML1501
Engine Num: AX1675
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: RT1533
Engine Num: RT1546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: DN1741
Engine Num: DN1744


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