1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter / 911 Chassis Information

Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Sold for $682,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys.
The 4½-Litre Bentley made their debut in 1925 and the most famous example was the 'Old Mother Gun' which crashed at Le Mans in 1927. It was repaired and went on to capture Bentley's third LeMans title in 1928, co-driven by the 'Bentley Boys' Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin.

This particular Bentley has a 3-Liter chassis number that has been built in the style of 'Old Mother Gun.' The car was delivered in January of 1925 to Melbourne, Australia where it carried a drophead coupe body by Freestone & Webb.

Brian Hussey purchased the car in 2003 as a restoration project. It was in running condition, but the original coachwork was beyond repair. Instead of restoration it back to original form, the decision was made to perform an exacting conversion of 'Old Motor Gun.'

The chassis was shortened by 2.5-inches, it was fitted with fixed pillar struts, and its springs re-tempered, reset, and refitted with correcting mountings and full-length gaiters. 20-inch wire wheels were installed and the brakes were rebuilt with finned drums. The engine was built upon a 'Blower'-specification 4½-Litre block.

The coachwork was in the Vanden Plas Le Mans style that was constructed by Rob Wariner and paneled in aluminum.

The car was given both full and quick-release Brooklands-type windscreens, pre-war Lucas P100 angle-mounted headlamps with stone guards, right-angle-drive Klaxon horn and two forward Klaxonettes, and full instrumentation with a dashboard-mounted air pump.


Mr. Hussey sold the completed car in 2008 and it was eventually acquired by a Swiss enthusiast. In 2012, it was acquired by Sam and Emily Mann.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016

Chassis# 911

2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
Estimated Value:$600,000-$750,000 
Sale Price$682,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Bentley 3-4½-Litre Tourer in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 911
Sold for $682,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
    

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