1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer / AP311 Chassis Information

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1925 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

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Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AP311
Engine #: HP376
Registration #: YM 1462
Production of the 3-Liter Bentley reached 1,624 cars in three wheelbase configurations and three performance levels, including the Speed Model with its distinctive red radiator badge, or 'Red Label.' Each 3-Liter carried a five-year guarantee and Bentley preferred customers send their chassis to one of 100 different coachbuilders approved by the company. The finished product was inspected thoroughly before Bentley allowed it to be sold.

This particular example is a short-chassis Red Label model and one of just 513 such cars built. It was delivered new to Sir Harry Warden Chilcott and registered as YM 1462. During its early ownership history, it received several Works modifications, including long-skirt pistons (fitted by Bentley at the time of the engine rebuild in 1930), a larger oil sump, and larger oil pump; various factory 'speed' parts, including the twin SU 'sloper' carbs, close-ratio gearbox, finned brake drums, and twin Bosch magnetos were also period Work upgrades. It is believed that its Super Sport specification is the only one done on the 9-foot, 9.5-inch chassis with such an engine done by the factory.

Dr. W. Mayne of Bristol, England purchased the car in 1950. It was later owned by John Douglas, then in 1964 was sent to the United States and sold to O'Neil Ford. It remained with Mr. Ford until his death in 1982. It was sold two years later to Richard Burdick. In the early 1980s it received a high-quality restoration with the current Vanden Plas-style fabric LeMans tourer coachwork, built by British coachbuilder James Pearce. Since that time, the car has been used very little and remains in exceptional condition. The car was exhibited in Burdick's Central Texas Museum of Automotive History until 2007.

The car currently has a modern electric fuel pump hidden discreetly inside the Autovac tan. The radiator is also a non-original component.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2018


2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$450,000-$550,000 
Lot was not sold

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2017 2
2015 1
2013 1
2012 3
2011 4
2010 1
2009 1
2008 1
2003 1

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

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

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1925 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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

Comparables

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2019 Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum Hendon
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Chassis#:290
Sold for $289,283
2019 Bonhams : London to Brighton Run Sale
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2019 RM Sothebys : London
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2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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Chassis#:1C3BDEDZ5HV500340
Sold for $286,000
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1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM HARDTOP
Chassis#:VC57L211949
Sold for $286,000
2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
2006 Ford GT
Chassis#:1FAFP90S26Y400881
Sold for $286,000
2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe
Chassis#:3100006
Sold for $290,000
2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle thumbnail image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle thumbnail image  
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
Chassis#:WMX1973782A009483
Sold for $285,031
2019 Silverstone - Race Retro Classic Car
1920 Stutz Series H Bearcat
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gairn & Company
Chassis Num: 19
Engine Num: 20
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1921 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: 3
Engine Num: 4
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter1922 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 109
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Liter1922 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 141
Engine Num: 62
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 TT Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 246
Engine Num: 246
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 TT Replica Tourer
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 263
Engine Num: 339
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 332
Engine Num: 337
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1923 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis Num: 409
Engine Num: SE12
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 392
Engine Num: 401
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Hawkeye Special
Chassis Num: 477
Engine Num: TW2702
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 532
Engine Num: 538
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Chassis Num: 564
Engine Num: 557
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Bridges Saloon
Coachbuilder: Bridges Garage
Chassis Num: 676
Engine Num: 690
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 717
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1924 Sports Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 815
Engine Num: 806
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Speed Model
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 1025
Engine Num: 451 (was originally 1037)
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Supersports Brooklands
Chassis Num: 1161
Engine Num: 546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Four Seater Tourer
Coachbuilder: Jarvis
Chassis Num: 777
Engine Num: 787
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Speed Model Tourer
Coachbuilder: L & L. T. Taylor
Chassis Num: 921
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 930
Engine Num: 914
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AP311
Engine Num: HP376
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Speed Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LM1342
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 SS Boattail
Coachbuilder: Surbico
Chassis Num: NR516
Engine Num: 1133
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PH1461
Engine Num: PH1468
Chassis information for the Bentley 3 Litre1926 Speed Weymann Drophead Coupé
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: TN1568
Engine Num: TN1571
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: AX1668
Engine Num: AX1672
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Chassis Num: BL 1603
Engine Num: BL 1606
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BL1620
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ML1501
Engine Num: AX1675
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: RT1533
Engine Num: RT1546
Chassis information for the Bentley 3-Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: DN1741
Engine Num: DN1744


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