With exceptional provenance and an exquisite restoration, this highly desirable Red Label is one of the finest early Cricklewood Bentleys available. Matching numbers drivetrain upgraded in period to Super Sports specification. Outstanding in every respect.
It is with great pleasure that we offer this 3-litre Bentley, chassis number AP311; a highly desirable short-chassis “Red Label” Speed model with Super Sports upgrades performed by the factory. Outstanding in every respect, this matching-numbers example is one of just 830 cars built on the shorter 9 ft. 9 ½ in. wheelbase chassis, of which just 513 were red label Speed Models. It is understood that this is the only car so equipped with a Super Sports engine (the remaining Super Sports rode on the race-spec 9-foot chassis).
According to Bentley Driver’s Club records, the first owner of AP311 was Sir Warden Chilcott, notable for being a friend and political confidant of Sir Winston Churchill. Chilcott’s Bentley was delivered on the 11th of December, 1925 wearing a sports four-seater body by Saunders of Cowes, one of just two Bentleys bodied by the firm – both, incidentally, for Sir Chilcott. First registered YM 1462, it is believed the enthusiastic Chilcott retained his Bentley through 1933 and in that time, he used the car quite regularly, returning to Bentley’s Works department for service and upgrades. Equipped with twin S.U. “sloper” carburetors, dual magnetos and high-compression pistons, there’s little doubt of the 100 mph potential of this magnificent Bentley.