1922 Bentley 3 Litre Saloon by Gurney NuttingSOLD
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The prototype 3 litre Bentley was running in 1919, and was the subject of a test by Sammy Davis published in January 1920, in which he described it as a car which combined docility in traffic with exceptional speed potential and phenomenal brakes. The first cars went on sale in 1921; by 1925 the standard 10' 10" chassis was priced at ú895, against ú1,100 for the contemporary Rolls Royce 20hp. Due to its very long stroke, the big 4 cylinder engine, which developed 70bhp at 3500rpm, was rated at only 15.9hp for taxation purposes, compared to 20.9 for the 6 cylinder 3 litre Sunbeam.

W.O. Bentley entered his cars in competition right from the start, and they won many class records and races, including Le Mans in 1924 and 1927 (Sammy Davis was one of the drivers that year). Just over 1,620 3 litre chassis were made in all, some of them Speed and Super Sport models, between 1921 and 1929.

This highly original 3 Litre saloon by Gurney Nutting is quite possibly the oldest surviving and most original of its type in existence today. The body is finished in Navy Blue over Black with complimentary beige upholstery.

The history file that accompanies the car is complete with a number of service/ maintenance bills from vintage Bentley specialists Blackmore Engineering Company and Richard.C.Moss who had looked after the car on behalf of the previous owner from 1985. The car retains the original single Smiths five jet Carburettor, 'B' gearbox and brakeless front axle with beaded edge tyres.

There are MOT certificates dating back to the late 1970's and a buff logbook stamped from 1953. The car also comes with a VSCC eligibility document and FIVA identity card. Presented with UK V5 and MOT until the end of September 2006, the was featured in a full road test by Classic and Sports car in March 2005. This totally unmolested example represents an opportunity to purchase a very important part of Bentley heritage and in delightful original condition.

Reference Number 5379

as of 12/12/2006

Car 1922 Bentley 3 Litre Saloon by Gurney Nutting
VIN 203 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Grey 
Registration SV 1791 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Options Interior: Wooden trim 
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