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1924 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer / 717 Vehicle Information

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

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Walter Owen Bentley was well known in the motorcar world when he introduced his first three-litre model at the 1919 London Auto Show. Racing successes earned Bentley world-wide prestige. In fact, these automobiles won the grueling 24-hour race at Le Mans five times between 1924 and 1930. To many, the 3-Litre Bentley has become the ultimate expression of the pre-World War II English sports car.

It is believed that its coachwork is original to the car; it is also believed that the coachwork was the work of H.J. Mulliner. The car was sold new to Eric G.S. Gordon of Burton Court in London by Gaffikin Wilkinson & Co. of Dover Street in London's West End. The vehicle is a 'Speed Model' specification and is fitted with twin S.U. carburetors, a short chassis, and is badged with an iconic 'Red Label.'

By the spring of 1933, the car is known to have had a new owner, Sidney Rogerson of Albert Hall Mansions in South Kensington, London. Prior to 1940, it was owned by Mr. Mawnsell of Colyton in Devon in the West Country region of England, and then to R. L. Bawden, now in London again in Walthamstow.

It is believed it spent most of its post-war life in a single long-term ownership. It is believed that in the early 1950s the car was given to Dr. Ashworth off Stalybridge in Cheshire as a gift for his 21st birthday. It is also believed that he retained the car until its sale in 1989. By this point in history, it was powered by engine number 403, which had originally been delivered in a long chassis car in 1923. The new owner began a restoration which took nine years to completion. Upon completion, it was offered for sale publicly in 1998. The car was purchased in March of 1998 and migrated to the United States where it has resided ever since. It was owned by Mr. Reid in Vermont in 2002/3 before coming into the care of its current caretaker.

Until recently, the coachwork was believed to have been performed by VandenPlas. New research suggests it was actually the work of H.J. Mulliner.

The current caretaker had the re-freshened and has been actively campaigning the vehicle on a multitude of road touring and show events including several Mille Miglias, the Colorado Grand, and those of the Bentley Driver's Club. It has competed at the Mille Miglia retrospective in 2004, 2005, and 2007.


2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $525,000 
Lot was not sold

1924 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1924 sales)
1924 Bentley 3-4½-Litre Four-Seater by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 406
Sold for USD$445,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 365
Sold for USD$243,483
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1924 Bentley 3/5.3 Liter Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: 712
Sold for USD$390,000
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Sports Two-Seater
Chassis#: 392
Sold for USD$434,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 610
Sold for USD$330,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 589
Sold for USD$247,735
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1924 Bentley 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 897/780
Sold for USD$199,999
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 485
Sold for USD$351,223
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1924 Bentley 3/8-Liter 'Hawkeye Special'
Chassis#: 477
Sold for USD$671,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Sport Tourer
Chassis#: 792
Sold for USD$254,500
  2012 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 840
Sold for USD$265,908
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 401
Sold for USD$217,891
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Litre 'Red Label'
Chassis#: 356
Sold for USD$258,107
  2009 Coys Auction - Blenheim Palace
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1924 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Simplex Drophead Coupé7472019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $260,000$320,000
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer3732018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale   
1924 Bentley 3 Litre H.J. Mulliner Simplex Drophead Coupe7472018 H &H Auctions Classics & Motor Sport Hall of Fame $340,000$380,000
1924 BENTLEY 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER COACHWORK BELIEVED TO BE BY H.J. MULLINER7172016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $450,000$525,000
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Red Label Speed Model8492009 Bonhams Larz Anderson Auto Museum $275,000$325,000
1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre Sports Roadster4582008 Automobiles of London$475,000$600,000$680,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gairn & Company
Chassis Num: 19
Engine Num: 20

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: 3
Engine Num: 4

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter
1922 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 109
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter
1922 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 141
Engine Num: 62

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1923 TT Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1923 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 246
Engine Num: 246

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1923 TT Replica Tourer
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 263
Engine Num: 339
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 332
Engine Num: 337

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis Num: 409
Engine Num: SE12

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 392
Engine Num: 401
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Hawkeye Special
Chassis Num: 477
Engine Num: TW2702

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 532
Engine Num: 538
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Tourer
Chassis Num: 564
Engine Num: 557

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Bridges Saloon
Coachbuilder: Bridges Garage
Chassis Num: 676
Engine Num: 690
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 815
Engine Num: 806
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Speed Model
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 1025
Engine Num: 451 (was originally 1037)

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 1108
Engine Num: SR1424
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Supersports Brooklands
Chassis Num: 1161
Engine Num: 546

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Four Seater Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis Num: 777
Engine Num: 787
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Speed Model Tourer
Coachbuilder: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis Num: 921

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 930
Engine Num: 914
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AP311
Engine Num: HP376

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 Speed Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LM1342
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 SS Boattail
Coachbuilder: Surbico
Chassis Num: NR516
Engine Num: 1133

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PH1461
Engine Num: PH1468
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre
1926 Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: TN1568
Engine Num: TN1571

Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AX1668
Engine Num: AX1672
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1927 Tourer
Chassis Num: BL 1603
Engine Num: BL 1606

Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BL1620
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ML1501
Engine Num: AX1675

Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: RT1533
Engine Num: RT1546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1929 Speed Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: DN1741
Engine Num: DN1744

1924 Bentley 3 Litre

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