Car Catcher: One of the Earliest Surviving Bentley 3 Litres

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W.O. Bentley set up shop in 1919 in Cricklewood, an area in northern London, England. Some two years later, the very first Bentley was born: the Bentley 3 Litre. As its name suggests, the 3 Litre was powered by a 3.0-liter inline-four with a power output of around 70 horsepower.

The first production Bentley would quickly garner motorsport success, taking second, fourth and fifth places at the 1922 Isle of Man TT and winning first overall at the 1924 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This 1922 Bentley 3 Litre is a Vanden Plas-built Open Tourer with extensively documented history by Bentley historian Clare Hay. Said to be one of the earliest surviving 3 Litres, this Bentley underwent a “sensitive recommissioning of all major mechanical components” by Bentley expert John Hunt in 2018.

Noted as being highly eligible for historic events and tours worldwide, this 1922 Bentley 3 Litre is available through Fantasy Junction for $395,000.

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