The Bentley 3-Liter is held in uniformly high esteem. The model that demonstrated W.O. Bentley's sympathy for performance and reliability, 3-Liter Bentleys have scored books full of wins including Bentley's signature victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1925 and 1927.
Still renowned for their power and reliability, they are recognized as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America and have their own highly enjoyable events and gatherings organized by the Bentley Drivers' Club and Rolls-Royce Owner's Club.
Although 3-Liter Bentleys are often modified and rebodied, this 1925 Bentley 3-Liter retains its original engine, frame and the original Gurney Nutting 4-seat Tourer coachwork with which it was delivered almost 90 years ago, a remarkably and correctly preserved survivor among its counterparts. It was imported to the U.S. in 1956 and its ownership is fully documented since including a three decade stretch with George Evenson in whose ownership it captured many awards and trophies.
Finished largely in British racing green, it has a polished alloy bonnet, painted wire wheels, dual sidemounted spares, opening windshield panes and a folding Auster windscreen with large wings for the rear seat passengers. The upholstery is tan leather.
The radiator shell and exterior brightwork are nickel plated. Prior owners have fitted a pair of SU carburetors for better performance and more reliable tuning and an electric fan to augment cooling during slow traffic, but otherwise it is sympathetically preserved and originally configured. Original engine, frame and coachwork 3-Liter Bentleys are rare and desirable.
To find one so sympathetically and correctly preserved with open coachwork by a coachbuilder as highly regarded as Gurney Nutting is an extraordinary event and a rare opportunity for a collector who values style, history, performance and provenance.
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