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ClassicsThis Is The Oldest Surviving Bentley In The World

18:21  03 june  2019
18:21  03 june  2019 Source:   motorious.com

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This year’s Pebble Beach event witnessed the sale of the 1921 3 Litre ‘Chassis Number 3’, the world ’s oldest surviving production Bentley . This happened 90 years after Bentley ’s very first customer, Noel Van Raalte, took delivery of the vehicle in question.

You can change this preference below. 90 years after Bentley 's very first customer, Noel Van Raalte, took delivery of chassis number 3 (registered AX 3827 in the UK) for the princely sum of £1,150, that same 3-Litre graced the Gooding & Co. auction at Pebble Beach, commanding a price of

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The Bentley EXP2 was built in 1919 and is the oldest Bentley still in existence.

Bentley have a wonderfully rich history built on motorsport and fine engineering. In 2019 the British marque celebrates its 100th anniversary, something it did by announcing a very special Bentley Continental GT, and will continue to do in various ways throughout the year. The latest video from Goodwood Road & Racing stars the Bentley EXP2, the oldest surviving Bentley in the world.

This Bentley EXP2 was built in 1919 and was an extremely advanced machine for its era. Its bodywork used aluminium to reduce weight, four valves per cylinder, twin spark plugs, and features twin magnetos. Such innovation lead this vehicle to become the very first Bentley to win a race, and go on to claim a total of 11 victories and seven second places.

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The oldest surviving Bentley in the world is Experimental Chassis #2, or EXP2, housed at Bentley 's factory in Crewe, England. My dentist was also an enthusiastic 'closet' dealer of vintage Bentleys , and I knew when he got this car (Chassis #3) back in the late 1980s.

Today, as the oldest surviving Bentley , EXP2 is part of the exclusive club that includes Ferry Porsche's 1940 Type 64 #03, and Enzo Ferrari's 1947 159 Spyder Corsa. Its caretaker is Robin Peel, Head of the Bentley Motors Heritage Collection, and if you're looking for a new drinking game, he can

Performance was state of the art with a top speed of 79mph making it one of the fastest cars in the world. It’s 175bhp output might not sound impressive in 2019, but a weight of just 680kg begins to reveal a strong power-to-weight ratio for the early 1920s. The EXP2’s reliability and durability were also impressive for a time when horses were still proving more reliable than the motorcar.

The Bentley was re-bodied in 1921, and today is on its third engine – something that was quite common for a vehicle of this period. It was first powered by a 3-liter unit, then a 3-liter TT engine, before eventually receiving production engine number 144 in 1921.

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Bentley 's first customer, Noel Van Raalte, would probably be very happy with the current resale value of his 1921 3-Liter, Chassis no. 3. Only 90 years after he purchased the car for the equivalent of ,900, Gooding & Co. at Pebble Beach auctioned what is now the world 's oldest surviving Bentley for a

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W. O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors Limited in 1919 and displayed the first chassis at the London Motor Show. His vehicles became well known for their ability to endure gruelling motorsport events. They became a familiar sight on the new purpose-built racetrack at Brooklands in England. From its motorsport efforts, the legendary Bentley Boys came into being.

It is incredible to see such an iconic piece of Bentley history on display, and that it is preserved in such an original state.

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The EXP2 is the second Bentley ever built, and the first to win a race. And ten more races afterwards. Fresh out of the Royal Air Force exactly a century ago in 1919, W.O. Bentley built three EXP cars to start off his car venture. Using his experience with aircraft engines, he developed a 3.0-liter four-cylinder with aluminum pistons for his cars, which was inspired by pre-war designs such as the 1914 Grand Prix Mercedes and the 1913 Coupe de l’Auto Peugeot.

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