1924 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model
This original 3 Litre Speed model was believed to be the first example to have SU Sloper carburettors fitted. The Vanden Plas Tourer body was fitted in period and has remained on the car ever since. Having enjoyed just three private owners from new, the Bentley spent a number of years in the sunny climes of South Africa and in 1982 the original engine was replaced with a correct and original engine from another 3 Litre.
Acquired on behalf of a client in 2008, JD Classics were commissioned to complete a no expense spared total restoration and prepare the car for the gruelling Peking-Paris rally. The brief was to ensure the car was safe, fast and reliable so that the event could be properly enjoyed by the owner.
The Bentley was totally stripped and the chassis was acid dipped, re-riveted and any stress cracks repaired. Flexible chassis and torsional strengtheners were designed and fabricated as were various chassis location bars for ancillary equipment and the chassis location points for ancillary bars were strengthened prior to the entire chassis being fully repainted.
All suspension and steering components were completely overhauled and upgraded as was the braking system to Bentley 4.5 Litre specification.
Both the engine and gearbox were upgraded to 4.5 Litre specification and all the internals of the engine were completely custom made in house using steel billet which included the valves, con-rods, crankshaft, camshaft and pistons to ensure the car was mechanically bullet proof. The engine oil pump was redesigned and fabricated and the cylinder block water and oil ways were modified for better flow and higher oil pressure. The carburettors were converted to SU’s and a custom made mild steel exhaust system was fabricated and fitted.
The dashboard was redesigned to accommodate extra instrumentation whilst all the original instruments were restored. A satellite telephone and GPS system was fitted to the dashboard and the windscreen and frame assembly were nickel plated.
A new wiring loom was designed and fitted with an alternator charging system and the headlamp system redesigned to ensure efficient lighting. Auxiliary interior lighting and fog lamps were fitted as well as headlamp and spot lamp stone guards.
The ash frame was restored and any rotten ash removed and replaced as well as the fabric on the body. New cycle wings and side running board storage boxes were designed and fabricated as well as a long range fuel tank with integral filler system, front and rear spare wheel carriers and custom made wire wheels were made.
A custom engine and gearbox sump guard assembly was manufactured and the radiator redesigned with custom made high capacity core. The radiator shroud was nickel plated and a windscreen wiper system was designed and installed.
After significant financial investment, development and time, the 3 Litre was finished and successfully participated and completed the Peking-Paris rally to the delight of the owner and JD Classics. Offered today in excellent condition, this wonderful and highly developed Speed model could be your entry into the next event!
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