The larger-engined Bentley was first known as the 6.5 and was first shown in 1926. It was offered with a 'Standard' chassis and a 'Speed' model. The Speed Six debuted in September 1928 and was credited with being the car that most worried its rival....[continue reading]
The Bentley 6.5-liter was one of the world's finest and most respected automobile of the 1920s, which many consider to be the original sports car. It was first offered to the public in 1921, and it quickly earned the company a reputation for outstand....[continue reading]
The Bentley Speed Six was confidently extolled by the factory as the 'World's Greatest Sporting Car,' which was engraved on a silver plaque affixed to the front cover of the sales brochure. The Speed Six brought W.O. Bentley his most significant vict....[continue reading]
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....[continue reading]
This speed Six Bentley was originally delivered to Bertie Kensington-Moir with the standard long-distance body built by Vanden Plas. It has the spare wheel partially recessed into the tail in a similar fashion to the bobbed tail design first seen on ....[continue reading]
This Vintage Bentley is not only original, it is also the only surviving Sedanca saloon. This long chassis 6.5 Litre Bentley is the very car that was shown at the Olympia Motor Show in 1929, and it still exhibits its original color scheme. Built by H....[continue reading]
This is one of only eleven open Bentley Speed Sixes with its original body - a Park Ward boattail speedster with pontoon fenders. Park Ward of London started by producing bodies for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and was a major supplier to Rolls-Royce....[continue reading]
Developing 180 horsepower and 100 mph, the Speed 6 was a sportier version of the 6.5-liter, with an inline 6.597-liter single piece steel engine block and head. Favored by British royalty, this model was Bentley's most successful racer, winning Le Ma....[continue reading]
Following the 1926 6.5-Liter, W.O. Bentley added a more powerful engine for his Speed Six, which became his favorite model. All Speed Sixes have a parallel-sided radiator and a green enameled badge. Most Speed Sixes were bodied by British coachbuilde....[continue reading]
This car was delivered new to Bentley Motors Chairman Woolf Barnato in June of 1929. This H. J. Mulliner bodied Speed Six saloon was a favorite of Barnato's and is intimately connected to the famous Blue Train story.
In March 1930, Barnato bet he ....[continue reading]
This famous Speed Six, known as 'Old Number 1,' was the second Speed Six to be completed. Built specifically as a racecar, it is a two-time Le Mans winner driven by Woolf Barnato and Tim Birkin in 1929 and by Birkin and Glen Kidston in 1930. Througho....[continue reading]
Bentley Motors chairman and 'Bentley Boy' team driver Woolf Barnato was the instigator behind the sportier 6.5 Litre Speed Six model, which was a development of the already potent Standard 6.5 Litre. The new model boasted a host of upgrades, and its ....[continue reading]
A total of 182 Speed Sixes were created by W.O. Bentley, but this is one of only four Speed Six Gurney Nutting Weymann Coupes ever built. The Speed Six was introduced at the Olympia Motor Show in October 1928 as a more sporting version of the Standar....[continue reading]
The Bentley 6.5 Litre was a continueation of the Litre series Walter Owen Bentley had created. The four-cylinder 4.5-liter unit used in the 4½ Litre was used for the 6½ Litre Bentley but the 6½ Litre Bentley had two extra cylinders. The Bentley stright-6 had a cast-iron block and head with an overhead camshaft having four-valves per cylinder. There were two spark-plugs per cylinder. The 100 mm bore and 140 mm stroke resulted in a displacement size of 6597. Horsepower was in the neightborhood of 180 - 200.