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1923 Bentley 3 Litre

Chassis number : 246

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This Bentley 3 Litre is the earliest surviving 3 Litre team car. It was built by W.O. Bentley for the Coupe Georges Boillot race held at Boulogne, France, in 1923. Frank Clement in Bentley's Experimental Department, which was effectively Bentley's racing shop, prepared it, and Clement was also the car's first registered owner. After the race, the car was fitted with the Vanden Plas touring body that survives on it today. It was used later as a test car by the Experimental Department and as a works demonstrator and was pictured in Bentley's sales catalogs and publicity material throughout the early 1920s. In 1925 it was sold to its first private owner, who took it to Australia where it remained until 2018 before being sold to a private collection in the Republic of Ireland. Restored in 1993, the car still retains many of the detail modifications from its racing heyday.

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1923 Bentley 3 Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3 Litre

(Data based on Model Year 1923 sales)
1923 BENTLEY 3 LITER SPEED MODEL FOUR SEATER TOURER
Chassis#: 409
Sold for USD$451,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
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1923 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: 340
Sold for USD$156,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1923 Bentley 3 litre TT Replica Two-seater
Chassis#: 296
Sold for USD$315,207
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1923 Bentley 3 Litre T.T. Model Tourer
Chassis#: 331
Sold for USD$239,626
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens June 8, 2011
 
1923 Bentley 3-Liter Short Chassis Sports Open Tourer
Chassis#: 332
Sold for USD$203,000
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
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Bentley 3 Litres That Failed To Sell At Auction

1923 Bentley 3 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1923 Bentley 3-Litre Saloon2032022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $200,000$250,000
1923 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Supercharged Birkin-era Old Mother Gun Replica2162022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $600,000$650,000
1923 BENTLEY 3-LITRE TOURIST TROPHY REPLICA TOURER1602016 Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting $340,000$400,000
1923 Bentley TT Replica Three Litre Tourer2632010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $225,000$275,000

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1923 Bentley 3 Litre Profiles

1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 332
Engine #: 337
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
TT Replica Tourer
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis #: 263
Engine #: 339
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Chalmer and Hoyer Ltd.
Chassis #: 409
Engine #: SE12
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 246
Engine #: 246
1923 Bentley 3 Litre vehicle information
TT Tourer
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.