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1925 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : 777

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Sold for $272,250 at 2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
Bentley's domination at Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. On Stand 126 at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, W.O. Bentley proudly unveiled his new 3-liter car bearing his name. The prototype engine had been fired up just a few weeks earlier. Bentley's four-cylinder 'fixed head' engine incorporated a single overhead camshaft, four-valves per cylinder and a bore/stroke of 80x149mm. Twin ML magnetos provided the ignition and power was transmitted via a four-speed gearbox with right-hand change. The pressed-steel chassis started off with a wheelbase of 9' 9½' (the 'short standard') then adopted dimensions of 10' 10' ('standard long') in 1923, the shorter frame being reserved for the TT Replica and subsequent Speed Model. Rear wheel brakes only were employed up to 1924 when four-wheel Perrot-type brakes were introduced.

This particular example, chassis number 777, was delivered in August of 1924 to Lt. Col Brooke. It wore coachwork by Harrington thought the style was unspecified. In 1933, it received new four-seater sports tourer coachwork by Bays with slab tank, twin spares and cycle fenders.

In the early 1960s, the car found its way to the United Sates when a Chicago based orthopedic surgeon imported it. Having not informed his wife that he had purchased a vintage Bentley from England, he was promptly forced to sell it to his friend Dr. Glover of Canton, Missouri.

Dr. Glover retained the car for the next forty years until his death. Purchased out of the estate of Dr. Glover in August of 2004 by its current caretaker, the car was found to be in good mechanical order but in need of a comprehensive cosmetic restoration. The crude Bays four-seat tourer coachwork was in poor condition and being non-original the decision was made to replace this with a new body in the style of Jarvis.

The resulting coachwork was finished in dark green in honor of Bentleys racing heritage. After the work was completed, it was shown at Amelia Islnd where it won its class.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2017

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2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $275,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $272,250

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1925 sales)
1925 Bentley 3.0-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer
Chassis#: 1079
Sold for USD$145,994
  2021 Silverstone Auctions : The Classic Sale at Silverstone
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
Chassis#: 1224
Sold for USD$355,704
  2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 - 1939)
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 1108
Sold for USD$335,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: 1137
Sold for USD$220,740
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1925 Bentley 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 777
Sold for USD$272,250
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 893
Sold for USD$307,065
  2017 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1925 BENTLEY 3 LITER FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 1009
Sold for USD$462,000
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$231,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Speed Model Red Label Tourer
Chassis#: 1162
Sold for USD$253,407
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports
Chassis#: 1025
Sold for USD$350,146
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 886
Sold for USD$186,788
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Shooting Brake
Chassis#: 915
Sold for USD$198,024
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1925 BENTLEY 3-LITRE TOURER
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$231,000
  2011 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction
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1925 Bentley 3-liter 100mph Supersports 'Brooklands' Two-seater
Chassis#: 1161
Sold for USD$601,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$236,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
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1925 Bentley Three-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 930
Sold for USD$253,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
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1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: HP388
Sold for USD$260,189
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1925 Bentley 3 litre 100mph Supersports Brooklands Two-seater
Chassis#: 1161
Sold for USD$410,276
  2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia
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1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model
Sold for USD$121,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Bentley 3 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1925 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1925 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer9212022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction $350,000$450,000
1925 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer9212021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $475,000$575,000
1925 Bentley 3-4½ Litre Open Tourer 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer in the style of Vanden PlasAP3112018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $450,000$550,000
1925 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Tourer9162016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1925 Bentley 3-Litre/41/2-Litre Sports Tourer10462003 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $80,000$100,000

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1925 Bentley 3 Litre Profiles

1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 930
Engine #: 914
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Supersports Brooklands
Chassis #: 1161
Engine #: 546
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Model Tourer
Coachwork: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis #: 921
Engine #: 917
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 1108
Engine #: SR1424
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Four Seater Tourer
Coachwork: Jarvis
Chassis #: 777
Engine #: 787
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AP311
Engine #: HP376
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Speed Model
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 1025
Engine #: 451 (was originally 1037)