1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre LeMans Tourer / WK2662 Chassis Information

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

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LeMans Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: WK2662
Engine # FW2616
Sold for $693,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
The Bentley 6 1/2 Litre brought the company back-to-back LeMans victories in Speed Six specification. The Big Six, as the 6 1/2 was referred to in period, was an evolution and development of Bentley's three-liter engine. It was designed to carry heavier and more luxurious bodies that customers demanded. They were first shown at the London Motor Show of 1925 and deliveries to customers began by March of 1926. During its five years of production, a total of 545 examples were built.

This particular example currently wears a replica Le Mans Sports body in the style of Vanden Plas. It built at Bentley's Cricklewood factory in suburban London, and was first registered YR 7463 in London on November 29, 1926. It is an early example and one of the initial 58 examples built. It was given the standard 12/50 axle and clothed in landaulette coachwork by Harrison. Its first owner was John F.C. Inglefield. In March of 1928, it is believed to have been updated to 1928 specifications. It received further work in November of 1929 (at the time having covered 12,242 miles), including decarbonizing the engine, and fitment of a new 'heavy type' front axle.

In 1950, the car was acquired by G.W.S. Clark of England. He would retain the car for over a decade, selling it in 1961 to D.M. Tindall. Around the 1950s, the car was re-bodied with a replica of the Vanden Plas body used for the LeMans Team cars. The work was performed by Elmdown Vintage Automobiles of Hungerford.

The car would pass through several more individuals until it was purchased by Geoffrey A.W. Farrell in 1972. Mr. Farrell would retain the car for many years, selling it in 1997 to Richard Harwood. Mr. Harwood sold it to its current caretaker in 2000.

The current owner commissioned work on the 6 1/2 Litre in preparation for the 2001 Classic Malts Tour of Scotland. Since then, it has been driven on the Bentley Drivers Club West Coast Prewar Tour, the Colorado Grand on two occassions, and the Copperstate 1000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$650,000-$800,000 
Sale Price :
$693,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports
Chassis#: WK2662
Sold for $693,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre image  1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre image  
1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre Le Mans Style Tourer
Chassis#: WB2567
Sold for $238,233
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 Bentley 6,5 L Tourer Vanden PlasWK26612016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars $825,000$950,000
1926 Bentley 6.5 LitreTB25422008 Gooding & Company $1,200,000$1,500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: TB2542
Engine Num: FW2605
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: WK2662
Engine Num: FW2616
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX 2416
Engine Num: BX 2421
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX 2421
Engine Num: DH 2201
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six Markham1927 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Markham
Chassis Num: DH2206
Engine Num: NH2732
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: TW2713
Engine Num: TW2716
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1928 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: BR2354
Engine Num: BR2361


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