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1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer / 911 Vehicle Information

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1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter photograph

1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter photograph

1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter photograph

1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter photograph

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Sold for $682,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
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



2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $750,000 
Sale Price :
USD $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 USD$682,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter image  1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter image  

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Bentley 4.5 Liter Vehicle Profiles
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Model Year: 1926
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619
Model Year: 1926
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1927

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573
Model Year: 1927
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Model Year: 1927
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031
Model Year: 1927

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692
Model Year: 1927
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1928
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1928
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Victor Broom
Model Year: 1928
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Model Year: 1928
Profile
LeMans Sport Bobtail
Bentley 4.5 Liter LeMans Sport Bobtail

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History
Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: RN3043
Engine Num: RN3044
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: TX3234
Engine Num: TX3233
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: TX3239
Engine Num: TX3241
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Sports Coupe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Drophead Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis Num: XL3114
Engine Num: XL3116
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History
Flexible Coupe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Flexible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3348
Engine Num: UK 3276
Model Year: 1928

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Model Year: 1929
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Model Year: 1929

Sport Touring
Bentley 4.5 Liter Sport Touring

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Coupe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Coupe

Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: AB 3669
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Two-Seat Sports
Bentley 4.5 Liter Two-Seat Sports

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Offset Single Seater
Bentley 4.5 Liter Offset Single Seater

Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Robinson Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Robinson Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Model Year: 1929
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Open Sports Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Open Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Model Year: 1929
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: RC2209
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377
Model Year: 1929
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933
Model Year: 1929

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337
Model Year: 1929
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 4.5 Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Bentley 4.5 Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Sports Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Model Year: 1931

Sports Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Sports Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Bentley 4.5 Liter Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica

Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Le Mans Boattail
Bentley 4.5 Liter Le Mans Boattail

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Two-Seater Sports
Bentley 4.5 Liter Two-Seater Sports

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Four Seater Sports
Bentley 4.5 Liter Four Seater Sports

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Bentley 4.5 Liter Boattail by Gurney Nutting

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933
Model Year: 1931


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