1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre Drophead Coupe / TB2542 Vehicle Information

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre photograph

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Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: TB2542
Engine #: FW2605
This powerful Bentley 6.5 litre was delivered new to Lady Cholomondley in England in 1926 and thence to a succession of owners until it was found abandoned in Rhodesia in 1960. It was restored in 1972 and then had several additional owners until it was obtained by its present owner. A total restoration was undertaken from 2004 until 2006.

This early 6.5-liter 'sport model' Bentley was the factory's choice for their team's racing cars due to its size and weight advantages. It is the last 'sports model' chassis surviving with its original coachwork intact. It has its original engine, and was the 42nd car to be delivered to a retail customer. The car was delivered on September 18, 1926, after H.J. Mulliner completed the one-of-a-kind 'Simplex Coupe' body. The coachwork is a four-window convertible with a rumble seat. The windows lower into the coachwork so as to provide full protection from the elements with the top up. When the top is down, it has the desirable 'fold flat' appearance. The mechanicals are as originally provided by the factory, including the 6.5-liter, six-cylinder, single overhead cam, four-valve, dual-ignition engine. The four-speed transmission is driven through a single-plate clutch. The car was found abandoned on a farm near Rusape, Rhodesia, in 1964, and was completely restored in the UK in 2005-2006.

It is believed that this car is the sole remaining 11-foot 'Big Six' chassis carrying its original coachwork. It also has its original engine, number FW2605. According to records, this is the 42nd 'Big Six' delivered to a retail customer, Mrs. Cholmeley of Lushill, Highworth, Wiltshire, England. Mrs. Cholmeley took possession of the car on September 18th of 1926 from Gaffikin Wilkinson & Co, Ltd. of London after it was given a body by H.J. Mulliner.

The one-off coachwork is known as a 'Simplex Coupe' drophead with dickey seat. Factory records label it as a '3/4 folding head coupe.' The body is aluminum paneling over seasoned ash framing with steel fenders.

The car was driven approximately 80,000 miles by various English owners before it was sold to South Africa in 1937. It passed through several South African owners before coming into the care of DBC member Tony Whale-Smith and Mike Simpkins of Rhodesia. It is believed that while in their care, the car was campaigned in hill climbs and other driving events. It was later abandoned in a farm field near Rusape, Rhodesia.

K. Anthony White of South Africa purchased the car in February of 1964, sight-unseen. By 1976, a full restoration had been completed, brining it back to its former glory. Since that time, the car has accumulated about 5,000 miles.

The engine retains its original and correct Smiths Bentley five-jet carburetor and its 'C' type gearbox. The headlamps are not original, but are period correct Stephen Grebel units with a Grebel spotlight.

This car has won awards at the BDC Concours at Rousham House (UK) and Amelia Island Concours. In 2008, this 6.5-Liter Bentley was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. The car was estimated to sell for $1,200,000 - $1,500,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the car had failed to find a bidder willing to satisfy its reserve. The lot was left unsold.


2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports
Chassis#: WK2662
Sold for USD$693,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre image  1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre image  
1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre Le Mans Style Tourer
Chassis#: WB2567
Sold for USD$238,233
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1926 Bentley 6.5 Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 Bentley 6,5 L Tourer Vanden PlasWK26612016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars $825,000$950,000
1926 Bentley 6.5 LitreTB25422008 Gooding & Company $1,200,000$1,500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: TB2542
Engine Num: FW2605
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 Open Two Seater
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WB2555
Engine Num: WB2555
Chassis information for the Bentley 6.5 Litre1926 LeMans Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: WK2662
Engine Num: FW2616
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX 2421
Engine Num: DH 2201
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: BX2416
Engine Num: BX 2421
Chassis information for the Bentley Speed Six1927 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Markham
Chassis Num: DH2206
Engine Num: NH2732
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KD2111
Engine Num: KD2115
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 All Weather Touring
Coachbuilder: T.H. Gill & Son
Chassis Num: PR2310
Engine Num: PR2308
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1927 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: TW2713
Engine Num: TW2716
Chassis information for the Bentley 6 ½-Litre1928 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: BR2354
Engine Num: BR2361


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