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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
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter
1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Victor Broom

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3348
Engine Num: UK 3276

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Sport Touring
Coachbuilder: Harrison

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Two-Seat Sports
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Offset Single Seater
Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: RC2209

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre
1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter
1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Le Mans Boattail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Two-Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter
1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933

1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter

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