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1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model

Chassis number : ML1501

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This racing 3 Litre Speed Model is the last works-entered Le Mans team car built for the 1927 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Driven by George Duller and Baron d'Erlanger, it was involved in the infamous White House Corner crash that occurred in the early stages of the race, when the entire Bentley team of two 3 Litre cars and a 4.5 Litre almost wiped themselves out, smashing into each other in the dark at 10 pm. This 3 Litre proved too badly damaged to continue, but the other 3 Litre, driven by Sammy Davis and Dudley Benjafield, went on to win the grueling race, a win that attracted worldwide publicity for W.O. Bentley's heroic company. During the race this car was given the nickname 'The Bitch' by Bentley's team of mechanics - although it's not clear quite why! After Le Mans, the car was repaired at the Bentley factory and was later raced at Brooklands in 1928 and then throughout the 1930s at the hands of privateer drivers, including H.R.A. Kidston, the younger brother of 'Bentley Boy' and Le Mans winner Glen Kidston.

Acquired by its current owner in 1998, the car has been recently restored to its 1927 Le Mans configuration, which includes the original dashboard and racing configuration, which includes the original dashboard and racing instruments and its battered, race-scarred, 25 gallon fuel tank.

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1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: BL1620
Sold for USD$458,092
  2020 Gooding & Company : Passion of a Lifetime
 
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports Roadster
Chassis#: TN1559
Sold for USD$291,870
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: AX1668
Sold for USD$693,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1927 Bentley 3-litre Speed Model Sports Two-Seater
Chassis#: BL1604/DN1731
Sold for USD$472,690
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer
Chassis#: AX1668
Sold for USD$676,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: ML1511
Sold for USD$212,800
  2014 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1927 BENTLEY 3-LITRE SPEED MODEL TOURER
Chassis#: LT1591
Sold for USD$377,277
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer
Chassis#: BL1607
Sold for USD$137,164
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 

Bentley 3-Litre Speed Models That Failed To Sell At Auction

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Profiles

1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: AX1668
Engine #: AX1672
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: ML1501
Engine #: AX1675