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ClassicsTake a Good Look at the Oldest Surviving Bentley

18:27  03 june  2019
18:27  03 june  2019 Source:   roadandtrack.com

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The EXP2 is the second Bentley ever built, and the first to win a race. And ten more races afterwards. Since it weighed just 1500 lbs, it was good for a top speed of 79 miles per hour. In 1921, that was still plenty enough for a victory, as long as a car could stay in one piece throughout the race.

Take a Good Look at the Oldest Surviving Bentley . The EXP2 is the second Bentley ever built, and the first to win a race. And ten more races afterwards.

Take a Good Look at the Oldest Surviving Bentley© Bentley 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.

After Autocar tested EXP1, Bentley used his exhibited chassis to build EXP2 into a two-seater sports car, featuring an aluminum body, and an engine with four valves per cylinder, a twin-spark head, twin magnetos, and a few bits of magnesium here and there. As a result, EXP2 made 175 horsepower in its ultimate iteration. Since it weighed just 1500 lbs, it was good for a top speed of 79 miles per hour. In 1921, that was still plenty enough for a victory, as long as a car could stay in one piece throughout the race. Luckily, Bentley's chassis were the most robust in the business.

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Take a Good Look at the Oldest Surviving Bentley . The EXP2 is the second Bentley ever built, and the first to win a race. And ten more races afterwards.

Take a Good Look at the Oldest Surviving Bentley . The EXP2 is the second Bentley ever built, and the first to win a race. And ten more races afterwards.

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While EXP3, 'The Cab,' became W.O.'s personal car, EXP2 got re-bodied in 1921, and was fitted with a spare racing engine the following year. It was later replaced with the 144th Bentley production engine. Before getting dusty, EXP2 achieved eleven race wins and seven 2nd place finishes.

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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. It's caretaker is Robin Peel, Head of the Bentley Motors Heritage Collection, and if you're looking for a new drinking game, he can also help you with that:

This Is The Oldest Surviving Bentley In The World.
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.

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