1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer / ST3015 Chassis Information

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre photograph

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Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: ST3015
Engine #: ST3015
Registration #: MP 974
At the 1919 London Olympia Motor Exhibition, on Stand 126, W.O. Bentley introduced the new 3-liter car bearing his name. It would become a legend in motor racing history. At the 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, Bentleys finished second, fourth and fifth to take the Team Prize. This led to the introduction of the TT Replica - later to become known as the Speed Model.

As the 3-Liter's competitiveness began to wane over the years, Bentley introduced the '4½'. Along with increased performance, it allowed for customers to fit heavier and more luxurious coachwork.

The new 4½-Liter model used many components from the 3-Liter, such as the chassis, brakes, transmission, and base engine. The engine's bore and stroke was increased by 100x140mm. The 4 valves per cylinder, 5 main bearing crankshaft, and dual ignition of the 3-Liter were retained.

Just like the 3-Liter, the 4½-Liter was entered in competition events, including the 1927 LeMans. The original 4½-Liter car, nicknamed by the team 'Old Mother Gun' and driven by Frank Clement and Leslie Callingham, set the fastest race lap of 73.41 mph before retiring early due to the infamous 'White House Crash' pile-up. A year later, a 4½-Liter won the event.

During the four-year production, all but nine of the 665 cars built use the 'Long Standard', 130-inch wheelbase chassis.

This particular example is the 15th ½-Liter Bentley built. It was dispatched from the Cricklewood works to Vanden Plas Coachbuilders, and fitted with VDP body number 1428, a 3-Door 4-seater Sports Tourer, which it retains. It was originally finished Thornly and Knight No.6 Grey, with the wings and chassis in black cellulose, and upholstered in brown antique leather.

The wings and running boards were custom ordered to extend all the way to the body, which aided in keeping passengers dry in wet conditions. The door locks and windscreen surround were originally finished in black nickel. It has its original wheel discs and rear auster screen.

The original owner of the Bentley was Ernst Waring Spencer of Rotherham, England, who retained the car until 1934. It then passed to Bentley dealer H.M. Bentley and Partners, a firm run by W.O. Bentley's brother. From there it went to a Captain John MacGillivray in Ross-shire, Scotland. In 1938 the car was registered to Lt. Col. William Douglas Bruce-Watt of Wardlaw, Kirkhill. During World War II, it was put into storage. By 1946, it was owned by a Bentley Drivers Club member Mr. J.A. Stodent and in 1954 the original engine was removed and fitted with engine number MR3392. The original engine numbered ST3015 is currently installed in another car.

During this period, the original back axle was replaced with a 6½-Liter unit numbered WK2654, but the car retains its original numbered axle carrier. The front axle may also have been replaced during this period with the later spec 4½-Liter unit.

Geoffrey Rowland Sandwith of Bracknell, Berkshire purchased the car in 1960 and it remained in the Sandwith family until 1997. During their ownership, the car was fitted with touring boxes under the original running boards. Mrs. Llewellyn (Sandwith's daughter) had the engine rebuilt at 46,847 miles. This rebuild incorporated a new crankcase, crank, rods, pistons, valves, and Phoenix roller rockers. It also included new thin wall bearings and an uprated oil pump. During this rebuild the original block, cam chest, and sump were retained.

Roy Southward of New Zealand purchased the car in 1997 and kept it until 2011, when he sold it to Peter Dunkerley. In 2016, it was acquired by the current caretaker who had it imported to the United States.

The car is currently finished in green with black leather interior.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017


2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$750,000-$900,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bentley 41/2-litre Tourer
Chassis#: NT 3139
Sold for $220,257
  2003 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Bentley 4.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1927 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre TourerLT15942019 H & H Classics Imperial War Museum, Duxford $240,000$280,000
1927 Bentley 4.5 Liter TourerST30152017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $750,000$900,000
1927 Bentley 3 - 4 1/2 Litre Gibbs Pancheri Special9952011 The Scottsdale Auction Gooding & Company   
1927 Bentley 4½-Litre TourerSL30592005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $220,000$250,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3573
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Victor Broom
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Sport Touring
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Two-Seat Sports
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Offset Single Seater
Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: RC2209
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Le Mans Boattail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Two-Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933


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