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1929 Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer / LB2342 Vehicle Information

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter photograph

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Until 1926 Bentley made 4 cylinder cars primarily as sports cars and for racing. While successful in racing, they were not powerful enough and too small for large, luxurious, closed bodies. To meet the demand for a chassis larger than his established three-liter to carry closed luxury coachwork, W.O. Bentley introduced a new 6.5-liter, six-cylinder model in 1926. Its engine was mounted on rubber pads to limit vibration, and three wheelbases were offered, enabling customers to fit 'anything from a two-seater to a hearse body.' The engine had an overhead cam with 4 valves per cylinder, twin ignition, both magneto and coil and produced 147 horsepower. The 6-1/2 was successful and models were built with both light touring bodies and closed large coachwork. Since Bentley built only the chassis all bodies were built by custom coachbuilders.

But Bentley's sporting heritage would not be denied, and soon there was a sports derivative of the new car on the market. Known as the Speed Six, it had a higher compression ratio than the Standard Six, and two SU carburetors instead of the single Smith carburetor of the less powerful car. Out of the 544 6.5-liter Bentley's built, 171 were Speed Sixes. In 1929, Speed Sixes crossed the finish line in spectacular fashion at the 24 Hours of LeMans, scoring a 1-2-3-4 clean sweep.

This Speed Six has a Vanden Plas type sports tourer body, the most popular body for the Bentley racers. This example was originally owned by the Duke of Kent, and was thought to have vanished just before WWII. It was later found to have been raced extensively at historic events with a different body style. Considerable research was performed by the previous owner, Dick Gold. The current owners acquired the car in 1995.



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1929 Bentley 6½-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Bentley 6½-Litre Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: KR2687
Sold for USD$480,256
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1929 Bentley Speed Six Grafton Coupe
Chassis#: FR2630
Sold for USD$2,860,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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1929 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six tourer
Chassis#: BA2580
Sold for USD$1,107,944
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1929 Bentley 6½/8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: FA2510
Sold for USD$739,144
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1929 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans' Style Tourer
Chassis#: FA 2518
Sold for USD$760,458
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Privé
 
1929 Bentley 6½-Liter
Chassis#: WT2271
Sold for USD$561,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
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1929 Bentley Speed Six Dual Cowl Tourer
Sold for USD$1,815,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
 
1929 Bentley Speed Six Boat-Tail Two-Seater
Chassis#: KF2400
Sold for USD$552,924
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Revival
 
1929 Bentley Speed Six 6 1/2-litre Le Mans-style Tourer
Chassis#: KR 2677
Sold for USD$390,205
  2003 Bonhams - The Edwin C. Jameson Jr. Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Replica TourerSB27512018 Bonhams : Goodwood $800,000$1,000,000
1929 Bentley 6½-Litre Sedanca de Ville by H.J. MullinerKR 26872013 RM Auctions VILLA ERBA$540,000  
1928 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre CoupeWT22712011 Gooding and Company The Amelia Island Auction $750,000$950,000

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Bentley 6½-Liter Vehicle Profiles
Opera Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Opera Coupe

Model Year: 1929
Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Sedanca deVille
Bentley 6½-Liter Sedanca deVille

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Open Two Seater Boattail
Bentley 6½-Liter Open Two Seater Boattail

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1929

Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Speed 6 Saloon
Bentley 6½-Liter Speed 6 Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: BA2592
Engine Num: BA2594
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Grafton Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Grafton Coupe

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: FR2630
Engine Num: FR2633
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History

Weymann Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Weymann Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: FR2640
Engine Num: FR2645
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FR2641
Engine Num: FR2644
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FR2642
Model Year: 1929

Speed 6 Open Two Seater Sports
Bentley 6½-Liter Speed 6 Open Two Seater Sports

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: KF2387
Engine Num: KF2392
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Old Number One
Bentley 6½-Liter Old Number One

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: LB2332
Engine Num: LB2336
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: LB2342
Engine Num: LB2344
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Sedanca Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Motor Bodies Ltd
Chassis Num: WT2271
Engine Num: SB2762
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1930

Blue Train Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Blue Train Tourer

Chassis Num: 32TC
Engine Num: A7280
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Blue Train Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Blue Train Tourer

Chassis Num: B68HR
Engine Num: B34H-1396
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Sportsman Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Sportsman Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GC 3661
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Sportsman Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Sportsman Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: HM2855
Engine Num: HM2863
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Open Roadster
Bentley 6½-Liter Open Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2856
Engine Num: HM2868
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Sportsmans Saloon
Bentley 6½-Liter Sportsmans Saloon

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: HM2861
Engine Num: LR2782
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Old Number 2 Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Old Number 2 Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2868
Engine Num: HM2872
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HM2869
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Bentley 6½-Liter Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2776
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Saloon
Bentley 6½-Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LR2778
Engine Num: NH2748S
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: LR2799
Model Year: 1930
Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NH2730
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Sports Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: NH2740
Engine Num: KR2693
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Sports Saloon
Bentley 6½-Liter Sports Saloon

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: NH2741
Model Year: 1930
Profile
Le Mans Replica Tourer
Bentley 6½-Liter Le Mans Replica Tourer

Chassis Num: SB 2754
Engine Num: SB 2763
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History

Open Four Seater Sports
Bentley 6½-Liter Open Four Seater Sports

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SB2756
Model Year: 1930
Profile


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