1924 Bentley 3 Litre Sports Car / 392 Chassis Information

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

1924 Bentley 3 Litre photograph

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Sports Car
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 392
Engine #: 401
Sold for $217,891 (£135,700) at 2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars.
Sold for $434,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
The Bentley 3-Litre used a long-stroke four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder, operated by a shaft-drive overhead camshaft. It had a fixed cylinder head which would be used on subsequent cars until the 1930s. Announced in May of 1919, the 3-Litre Bentley remained in production through 1929, by which time 1,622 had been built. The 'standard model' rested on either short or long wheelbase chassis and came with a blue background radiator emblem; the emblems would distinguish the cars over the years. The 'standard model' became known as the 'Blue Label.' A very short wheelbase version was offered from 1924 through 1926 and came with high compression engine and were called 'Green Label.' A high-compression short-wheelbase (117.5-inch) model produced from 1924 through 1929 was known as the 'Red Label.'

This particular example is a 3-Litre 'Red Label' boattail two-seater. It was acquired by Arthur Lieberman of Skokie, Illinois, in the 1970 and sold to the Burdick Collection in 1984. From then until 1992, it was a regular competitor in the Great American Race, a long-distance time-distance rally for vintage cars. It was first run in 1983 when the route traced from Buena Park, California, to Indianapolis. It has since become an annual event.

The Bentley's first race was in 1985 when it finished 7th overall. The following year, it finished 2nd, just two seconds behind the 1st place finisher. Over the following six years, it placed 3rd, two Best Overall Cumulative Scores, and three Grand Championship 1st-place wins. Dick Burdick driving and Wayne Bell navigating are the only three-time winners in the history of the Great Race. Mr. Burdick, Mr. Bell, and the Bentley retired from the race after 1992.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$200,000-$300,000 
Sale Price :
$434,000

2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars

Sale Price :
$217,891 (£135,700.00)

2019 4
2018 1
2017 2
2012 3
2011 1
2009 1

1924 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1924 sales)
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 365
Sold for $243,483
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1924 Bentley 3/5.3 Liter Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: 712
Sold for $390,000
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Sports Two-Seater
Chassis#: 392
Sold for $434,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 610
Sold for $330,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 589
Sold for $247,735
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1924 Bentley 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 897/780
Sold for $199,999
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 485
Sold for $351,223
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1924 Bentley 3/8-Liter 'Hawkeye Special'
Chassis#: 477
Sold for $671,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Sport Tourer
Chassis#: 792
Sold for $254,500
  2012 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 840
Sold for $265,908
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: 401
Sold for $217,891
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  1924 Bentley 3 Litre image  
1924 Bentley 3-Litre 'Red Label'
Chassis#: 356
Sold for $258,107
  2009 Coys Auction - Blenheim Palace
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1924 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Simplex Drophead Coupé7472019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $260,000$320,000
1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer3732018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale   
1924 Bentley 3 Litre H.J. Mulliner Simplex Drophead Coupe7472018 H &H Auctions Classics & Motor Sport Hall of Fame $340,000$380,000
1924 BENTLEY 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER COACHWORK BELIEVED TO BE BY H.J. MULLINER7172016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $450,000$525,000
1924 Bentley 3-Liter Red Label Speed Model8492009 Bonhams Larz Anderson Auto Museum $275,000$325,000
1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre Sports Roadster4582008 Automobiles of London$475,000$600,000$680,000

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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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