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1925 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : AP311

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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

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2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

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

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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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
1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  1925 Bentley 3 Litre image  
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)