1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Tourer / 32TC Chassis Information

Blue Train Tourer
Chassis #: 32TC
Engine # A7280
Vin #: Serial no. B001BTS
Sold for $440,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
Woolf Barnato took delivery of the original 'Blue Train' 6½-Litre Speed Six. The legend of the Blue Train was derived from the French express train, which Barnato had succeeded in beating from Cannes to London in an earlier Speed Six.

The Blue Train had streamlined fastback styling carried out by J. Gurney Nutting to Barnato's suggestions. The original 'Blue Train' remains extant and housed in one of the world's finest collections.

This particular example is a recreation built by Bob Petersen Engineering of Beaworthy Mill, England. It was commissioned by Gary Wales and was built using as many genuine Rolls and Bentley components as possible, including a Phantom Iframe (number 32TC) and a Bentley B81 inline eight-cylinder engine. It has a front-mounted supercharger, of Petersen's own design but inspired by the Amherst Villiers 'blower' used on the racing Bentleys of Barnato and others. The engine is fitted with two SU carburetors, specially cast to a correct period design with a 2½-inch throat, as were used on supercharged racing cars of the era such as the ERA.

The body is finished in black has Weymann-style synthetic leather paneling, and dressed with Marchal headlamps, an off-center driving lamp, a black-lacquered stone guard, and exposed supercharger SU pots behind the badge bar. An imposing and distinctive bulldog radiator mascot is located at the front of the vehicle. The rear boasts period-correct 'diver's helmet' stopping lights and brake/trafficator lights. Each door handle is carved from a single piece of billet aluminum.

Inside, there is veneered trim and a pair of grey leather bucket seats, facing a turned aluminum dashboard.

Mr. Wales sold this car in 2006 and it joined the Orin Smith collection where it has remained ever since. Currently the odometer shows 5,378 miles.

It was shown at the 2015 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded the Grand Marshal Award. It was also exhibited at the Ocean Reef Club Vintage Weekend that same year.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2017


2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$750,000-$950,000 
Sale Price :
$440,000

2019 1
2018 1
2017 2
2016 1
2006 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$874,000$874,0001
2018$1,457,500$1,457,5001
2017$1,925,000$3,410,0002
2016$522,500$522,5001
2006$605,000$605,0001
2003$308,244$308,2441

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: SB 2754
Sold for $874,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: LR 2787
Sold for $1,457,500
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
 
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman's Saloon by Corsica
Chassis#: HM2861
Sold for $3,410,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1931 Bentley 'Blue Train' Special by Bob Petersen Engineering
Chassis#: 32TC
Sold for $440,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1930 Bentley Speed Six image  1930 Bentley Speed Six image  
1930 Bentley 'Blue Train' Re-creation
Sold for $522,500
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six LeMans Tourer
Chassis#: HM2852
Sold for $605,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1930 Bentley Speed Six 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: LR2777
Sold for $308,244
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Bentley Speed Six's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsmans Saloon by H.J. MullinerLR27782019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $2,600,000$3,200,000
1930 Bentley Blue Train RecreationB68HR2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island $550,000$650,000
1930 BENTLEY SPEED SIX TOURERHM28652014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $680,000$780,000
1930 Bentley 6.5 Litre Le Mans Team Car EvocationKR26792013 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Open Two Seater Boattail
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Speed 6 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BA2592
Engine Num: BA2594
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Grafton Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: FR2630
Engine Num: FR2633
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FR2642
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Old Number One
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: LB2332
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LB2342
Engine Num: LB2344
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: UV 871
Chassis information for the Bentley 6½-Liter1929 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Motor Bodies Ltd
Chassis Num: WT2271
Engine Num: SB2762
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Blue Train Tourer
Chassis Num: 32TC
Engine Num: A7280
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Blue Train Tourer
Chassis Num: B68HR
Engine Num: B34H-1396
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GC 3661
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: HM2855
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sportsmans Saloon
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: HM2861
Engine Num: LR2782
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Old Number 2
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2868
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2869
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2776
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2778
Engine Num: NH2748S
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: LR2799
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NH2730
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: NH2741
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1930 Open Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SB2756

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