conceptcarz.com
Bentley History

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model

Chassis number : AX1668

Share on:

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.

View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image
View image

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 of the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: BL1620
Sold for USD$458,092
  2020 Gooding & Company : Passion of a Lifetime
 
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
 

Bentley 3-Litre Speed Models That Failed To Sell At Auction

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High

Vehicles With Comparable Market Values

Similar sales to the $414,924 range.
2019 Porsche 911 Speedster
Sold for $412,500
2022 Mecum Indy
1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche S Convertible
Sold for $412,500
2022 Mecum : Glendale
2006 Ford GT
Sold for $412,500
2022 Mecum : Glendale
1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Club Sport
Chassis#:WP0ZZZ93ZBS710038
Sold for $417,500
2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS 'Weissach'
Chassis#:WP0AE2A91JS185938
Sold for $412,000
2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  
1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
Chassis#:00386
Sold for $412,633
2022 RM Sothebys : Paris
1969 DODGE DAYTONA
Chassis#:XX29L9B400605
Sold for $412,500
2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
1956 CADILLAC SERIES 62 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#:5662005986
Sold for $412,500
2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
2019 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN PERFORMANTE SPYDER
Chassis#:ZHWUS4ZF7KLA11616
Sold for $412,500
2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
1959 BUICK INVICTA CUSTOM COUPE BLUE SUEDE SHOES
Chassis#:AZ381534
Sold for $412,500
2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $418,000
2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Sold for $418,000
2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
2005 FORD GT
Chassis#:1FAFP90S75Y400311
Sold for $412,500
2021 Barrett-Jackson : Houston
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Chassis#:08492
Sold for $412,000
2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
2019 PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER
Chassis#:WP0CF2A99KS172412
Sold for $412,000
2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  
1960 Watson Offenhauser 'Ol' Calhoun' Replica
Sold for $412,500
2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#:WBS59910004301261
Sold for $417,500
2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  
1989 FIA Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II 'Centenary' Sports Racer
Sold for $411,168
2021 Silverstone Auctions : The Race Retro Live Online Auction
1962 Porsche 356 B Carrera 2 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#:120479
Sold for $417,998
2021 RM Sothebys : Open Roads - March
1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster
Chassis#:39032
Sold for $415,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle thumbnail image  

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Profiles

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AX1668
Engine #: AX1672
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: ML1501
Engine #: AX1675