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1926 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1926 Numbers
Chassis No. AH1490
Engine No. AH1491
Registration No. EC 6532

  This car - updated
Chassis No. AH1490
Engine No. AH1491
Registration No. EC 6532

(Updated with information from Mark Andersdon. - November 2013)
 
 

"This car was owned by Richard Rainshaw Rothwell of Broomriggs, Near Sawrey, (near Hawkshead) in the Lake District. It would have been kept for 2 years in a wooden garage and then a more substantial garage was constructed in 1928, two years afer delivery. Richard died in 1933 and it is likely that it would have been sold sometime in the 4 years following that. As of Sept 2017 the garage looks the same as it would have done over 90 years ago although it has planning permission to be converted into a dwelling so if you want to see it you will have to be quick!!"

 
     
     
  Source: Paul Martin
Posted: Oct 02, 2017
 
     
November 2013
 

"First owner: Major Rainshaw Rothwell.

The Vanden Plas Order Number 1247 for Chassis "Bentley 1490", dated 22 December 1925, states:

Standard 4 seater Sports
Hood, Hood Cover & Tonneau Cover in Grey Mohair
Body & Bonnet in Willey's Pale Auto Grey
Wings & Bonnet in Manders Dutch Green
Green Leather to match wings.

Today, AH1490 is still fitted with VDP Body 1247 and all its original numbered parts, probably because it remained "in bad condition" without attention and unused for decades until it was rescued about 30 years ago."

 
     
     
  Source: Mark Andersdon (Owner)
Posted: Nov 23, 2013
 
     
2006
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
1994
 

This car was purchased by Mark Andersdon in 1994.

 
     
     
  Source: Mark Andersdon (Owner)
Posted: Nov 23, 2013
 
     
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Chassis No. AH1490
Engine No. AH1491
Registration No. EC 6532
Date of Delivery: Feb 1926
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: SP
   
First Owner: Major Rainshaw
 
     
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1247 with a standard 4-seater Sports; Grey/Green; 2/1926.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Vanden Plas body no. 1247. 11/34 "Short test. Found in bad condition"."
 
     
     
  Updated: Jul 04, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
 
     
 
 
 
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