1924 Bentley 3 Litre Freestone & Webb Tourer for sale
Bentley 3 Litre Freestone & Webb Tourer –
Dealer: The Real Car Company
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About the Bentley 3 Litre:
Made from 1921 to 1929, the Bentley 3 Litre was a ‘chasis only’ car once dubbed ‘the fastest lorry in the world’ by none other than Ettore Bugatti. With it’s 2996cc engine and some 1800kg weight, it was quite the brute compared to the racing Bugattis of the time, famously winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1924 in ‘Super Sports’ form.
The Bentley 3 Litre was a technically advanced car. It was this car that first introduced the motoring public to the concepts of 4 valves per cylinder, dry-sump lubrication, and the overhead camshaft.
This 3 litre engine is based on the pre-war 1914 Mercedes Daimler M93654 racing engine. Just before the outbreak of World War 1 Mercedes had placed one of the Grand Prix winning cars on the stand at their London showroom. W.O. Bentley suggested that the vehicle be confiscated, so it was… It then found it’s way to Rolls Royce where the engine was dismantled and subject to scrutiny. The lessons learnt by dismantling the Mercedes Daimler M93654 racing engine could be seen with the Bentley 3 Litre.
About this Bentley 3 Litre Freestone & Webb Tourer:
This Bentley 3 Litre was ordered by David Yule, who was born in 1895 in Germany. He spent his early years with his family in North Gate, Regent’s Park and returned to Cologne shortly before WWI as a student. David Yule was a scion of the Yules of Scotland & India who had business interests in the Jute, Finance, Shipping & petroleum industries.
When David Yule took delivery of Chassis 537 the original chassis cards show 3 addresses – 17 Brunton Place in the name of Carlish (possibly his mother’s family), 24 North Gate Mansions (the Yule family home) and also 25 Eden Quay in Dublin (a business address). David Yule relocated to Dublin in the early 1920s & whilst in Ireland he made quite a name for himself in motor racing circles with his CMY (Cox, Morris, Yule) Morris Eight Special with speeds registered at 96mph – this was in the mid 1930s! There was a rumour that David used 537 in the inaugural Irish Grand Prix at Phoenix Park in 1929 but this has yet to be proved! Perhaps someone out there has some old photos or brochures that can help to solve the mystery. In the late 1950s, after many discussions with David Yule, 537 was acquired by the current family, and remained with them until the present day.
Chasis no. 537 is a fabulous car, having just been fully restored over a period of several years from the bare chassis frame up.
The work is fully documented and photographed, and has been carried out to a very high standard. Not only is the car a matching numbers example in terms of engine, gearbox, axles, steering box, etc, but it has been with just two families from new, the last from about 1951.
At that time, there was no body on the car, but in recent times a very appropriate, original Freestone & Webb open tourer body from another Bentley 3 Litre has been found, extensively renovated and fitted. Just 1,100 miles have been covered since completion of the work, without problems, and acting as a nice ‘settling in’ process. Sensible upgrades incorporated into the restoration include the fitting of twin electric fans, conversion from dynamo to alternator and the fitting of flashing indicators, as well as a concealed accessory socket, suitable for plugging in a modern devices such as a satellite navigation device or mobile phone charger.
A superb chance to finance your very own classic Rolls RoyceFinance this car
“We are very pleased to see that the finishes are just as they should be, rather than ‘over the top’ as is sometimes the case. “
“From the description, we think this car is ready for an international tour or event, don’t you?”