One of the earliest known W.O. Bentleys, with original engine and factory-fitted gearbox. Extensive historical documentation by Dr. Clare Hay. Recently restored and a marvelous pick for tours and driving events.
Our featured 3-Litre is chassis number 103, a very early-production Short Chassis model, recognized as one of the oldest surviving W.O. Bentleys in existence. Beautifully restored, it retains its original engine and wears authentic Vanden Plas four-place open touring coachwork. According to information provided by the respected marque expert Dr. Clare Hay, Chassis 103 was likely delivered on or around August 4th 1922, fitted from new with similar four-place open touring coachwork by Vanden Plas. Record-keeping at Bentley in the early days was spotty at best, and production records of this particular chassis do not exist. However, the factory began keeping detailed service records in 1923, and by June of that year, information regarding chassis 103 appears in those ledgers, which helps piece together the earliest history of this fascinating motorcar.