1925 | Bentley 3 Litre
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Make Bentley Model 3 Litre Model name 3 Litre Year of manufacture 1925 Report Used Condition category Conversion/ Special Body style Convertible Body detail Racing car Power (kw/hp) 51/70 Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,996 Cylinders 4 Doors 0 Steering Right (RHD) Transmission Manual Gears 4 Drive Rear Front Brake Drum Rear Brake Drum Fuel Petrol Exterior colour Black Interior colour Black Interior material Leather
This much-campaigned and very successful Bentley 3/4½Special was built in 2006 using a blend of original components and new parts.
Its inspiration was the 3 Litre Supersports known as ‘Smokey’. Having been fitted with a competition-spec engine and two-seater coachwork by Jarvis of Wimbledon, ‘Smokey’ was raced extensively at Brooklands during the 1920s and ’30s by Kit Baker-Carr.
When this particular car was conceived, a new chassis was built in the style of the Supersports model, with a 9ft wheelbase, and an original 3 Litre engine was fitted. This was engine number 797, which had been fitted to chassis number 795 in 1924.
In 2010, the engine was rebuilt by marque specialist Craig Collings around a replacement 4½Litre block. It drives through an original 1922 A-type gearbox, while the front axle is also original and dates from 1928.
The rear axle casing is new but is to the correct specification and has a 4-star differential; the final-drive ratio is 3.3:1. The steering arm is original and the brakes have been converted to hydraulic operation.
Conceived for competition use, the Bentley was fitted with a lightweight aluminium body in the style of ‘Smokey’, and the radiator features a modern core in order to further reduce weight. Distributor ignition has been fitted and the car can be set up for racing (using 19in wheels) or trials (on 21in wheels).
Since 2010, the current owners have regularly campaigned it in Vintage Sports-Car Club meetings, including the Herefordshire Trial, the Lakeland Trial, and speed events at venues such as Loton Park and Pembrey. In 2016 it won the Class 11 Speed Series, claiming a class win at Prescott in the process, and it’s supplied with a VSCC buff form plus a full record of its competition outings.
Since the engine rebuild and overhaul by Craig Collings, this Bentley has had further work carried out by Kingsbury Engineering. Now being offered for sale by the Classic Motor Hub, it’s been regularly serviced and meticulously cared for, wears Blockley tyres, and provides all the raucous entertainment that you’d expect from a car of this type. No doubt Kit Baker-Carrwould have approved of this well-sorted and successful machine.
Condition & Registration
Note (Condition) Used Report provider The Classic Motor Hub Registered Ready to drive Vehicle-ID: 303704
The Classic Motor Hub
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