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1930 Bentley 4½ Litre (Supercharged)    
Original 1929 Numbers
Chassis No. DS3573
Engine No. DS3573
Registration No. GP 8242

  This car - updated
Chassis No. -
Engine No. -
Registration No. GP 8242

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - September 2015)
 
September 2017
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Goodwood Revival, 2017

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Paul Holtom'
Posted: Jan 01, 2018
 
     
September 12, 2015
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Goodwood Revival, September 2015

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Ralf Siegel'
Posted: Nov 21, 2015
 
     
August 29, 2015
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Wings and Wheels 2015, Dunsfold

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Paul Harris'
Posted: Dec 08, 2015
 
     
August 23, 2014
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Dunsfold Wings and Wheels, August 2014

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'SGH38'
Posted: Aug 13, 2015
 
     
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"A Bolt on Blower. 1929 Vintage 4.5 litre Bentley. Supercharger added some time in the last 30 years."

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Adam Singer'
Posted: Feb 12, 2015
 
     
July 2014
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Le Mans Classic, July 2014

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by users 'seberry67' & 'David Merrett'
Updated: Nov 07, 2014
Posted: Oct 20, 2014
 
     
June 16, 2013
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Grand Prix de Tours, June 2013

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Fido_le_muet'
Posted: Feb 11, 2015
 
     
March 3, 2013
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Goodwood Breakfast Club, March 2013

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'f1jherbert'
Posted: Mar 24, 2015
 
     
July 2012
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Tony Compson working flat-out on the Bentley

Derek Bell and Mission Motorsport support team relaxing before the racing begins

Derek Bell makes running Le Mans start

Leaving the pits

Blower on the track

Flying pit stop with Missions Motorsport and Bell and Overington

Bentley on the move

Racing at Le Mans

On the way to 2012 Le Mans Classic
 
 

Derek Bell and Bentley inspired by 'Mission Motorsport' team at Le Mans Classic
(Crewe & Le Mans, 9 July 2012) Bentley’s brand ambassador and five time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE, returned to the iconic French race circuit last weekend to spearhead a unique motorsport challenge.

Racing a 4 ½ litre Bentley Blower at the Le Mans Classic (in partnership with owner Martin Overington) Bell was supported by a 3-man pit crew from Mission Motorsport - a UK charity that rehabilitates seriously injured military personnel by actively involving them in a wide range of competitive motor racing challenges.

Bell’s support team was led by former Royal Marine Commando Tony Compson, working alongside Gary Dunning and James Gillborn.

All three men have suffered serious, life-changing injuries on active service but that did not stop the Mission Motorsport team from delivering some of the fastest possible pit stops for Bell and Overington or working right through the night to ensure the Bentley Blower was able to race on Saturday.

Derek Bell commented: “It was an honour to have the Mission Motorsport lads as our support crew. They showed a real Le Mans spirit by working tirelessly on the car when we faced some major mechanical challenges and were fast and extremely focussed in the pit lane. It was genuinely hard to believe this was their first Le Mans experience or that these men are still recovering from some terrible injuries.”

Martin Overington added: “It was privilege to work with Tony, Gary and James. They were a huge asset throughout our campaign at Le Mans and Derek and I always felt we were in safe hands with the best possible chance of being competitive.”

Whilst there was disappointment that the Bentley Blower was unable to compete on Sunday, Bell and Overington secured a highly credible 15th out of 69 entries in the Saturday race with the Mission Motorsport team achieving a 92-second pit stop.

Major James Cameron, Director of Mission Motorsport said: “The challenge of going racing, being competitive and working in a team environment again is playing a key part in restoring the confidence and physical fitness of large numbers of service personnel who are currently on the long road to recovery. It really does not get much better than racing a Bentley at Le Mans with Derek Bell and we hope the story will inspire other people to support us.”

Bentley Motors, Derek Bell and Mission Motorsport would like to thank Martin Overington for his kind support during the Le Mans Classic race. The team was sponsored by Crewe Genuine Parts, suppliers of replacement parts for all Bentley and Rolls-Royce models built in Crewe, England from 1955 to the present day.

 
     
     
  Source: Bentley Motors
Posted: Jul 10, 2012
 
     
June 2012
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Brooklands Double-Twelve, June 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Graham Woodward'
Posted: Jan 19, 2015
 
     
May 2010
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Benjafields 20th at Hampton Court, May 2010

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Adam Singer'
Posted: Dec 11, 2014
 
     
2010
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GP 8242 at Brooklands Double Twelve, 2010

 
     
     
  Source: Annie Stevens
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
 
     
September 26, 2009
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Spa 6-hours, September 2009

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'boybentley'
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
 
     
2009
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  Mike Hawthorn Memorial Parade 2009  
     
     
  Source: Picasa, posted by user 'Dazzle' and Piston Heads
Posted: May 04, 2011
 
     
2009
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  Source: Posted by user 'blueup' on The Professional Pilots Rumour Network (PPRuNe) website
Posted: Jun 26, 2010
 
     
January 2009
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New Year 2009 at the Phoenix Inn.

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'KLV & ADS'
Posted: Jan 24, 2009
 
     
2008
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Circuit International des Remparts d'Angoulême, 2008

 
     
     
  Source: GT Dreams
Posted: Aug 07, 2014
 
     
2008
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VSCC Donington 2008

VSCC Donington 2008


Silverstone Classic 2008
   
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Vintage Racing (UK), Flickr, posted by user 'Daniel Hicksnz' and Benjafield's Racing Club
Posted: May 04, 2011
 
     
2007
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Circuit des Remparts 2007

Spa 2007
 
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Racetours, Flickr, posted by user 'adamnsinger' and Motor Racing Legends
Posted: May 04, 2011
 
     
2006
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Adam Singer is shown driving Chassis No. DS3573 during the 2006 LeMans Classic.

 
     
     
  Source: Chris Card
Posted: Jan 14, 2008
 
     
2006
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Le Mans Classic 2006 - After
pulling 130+ MPH on the Mulsanne
 
 
 

"Recently raced internationally at Le Mans Classic as well as Nurburgring and here at Silverstone, this magnificent machine is a must for the enthusiast who wants the best. Looks and drive are fantastic with performance to blow your socks off.

Rebuilt over some three years to full concourse condition and having a full mechanical rebuild, phoenix crank, rods, etc. One of the best vintage Bentleys we've ever had."

 
     
     
  Source: Stanley Mann Racing
Updated: Aug 01, 2006
 
     
2005
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Tower of London 2005

 
     
     
  Source: Benjafield's Racing Club
Posted: May 04, 2011
 
     
2005
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"This Bentley is truly spectacular. Its last owner has lavished time and some considerable funds to make this definitely the best Bentley Le Mans rep I've ever seen. She looks amassing and drives as though new... its got the lot with no faults."

 
     
     
  Source: Stanley Mann Racing
Posted: Dec 06, 2005
 
     
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  Source: Classic Car Tours International
Posted: May 04, 2011
 
     
2003
In England in 2003 / Owned by a BDC member
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1929 Bentley 4 Litre Four Seat Tourer. Registration No. GP 8242 Chassis No. DS 3573 Engine No. XL 3101

Engine: four cylinder in line, water-cooled monobloc, single overhead camshaft, bore 100mm, stroke 140mm, capacity 4,398cc. Four speed right hand change gearbox; single plate clutch; spiral bevel Back axle. Semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Wheelbase 10ft l0in. Tyres 5.25 X 21in.

With victories at Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930 the name of Bentley was firmly stamped in the record books for sports touring car racing in the 1920s. The 3 litre cars had a successful career until 1926 when it was decided that a larger engine should be introduced to cope with increasing competition, particularly from the Stutz and Chrysler camps. The 4 1/2 litre was progressively developed from 1927 onwards and was offered in two wheelbase lengths. Later models had the electron crankcase and this is one of those cars.

Chassis No. DS 3573 was supplied new in August 1929 to Sir L. Lyle and was fitted with H.J. Mulliner saloon coachwork. As with so many of these cars the original coachwork has been removed and a four seat open tourer body now takes its place. The engine was originally fitted in HF 3198, a 1928 car which was raced at Brooklands by C.W.F. Hamilton, possibly the car in which he lapped Brooklands at 107.8 mph in 1930. Mechanical modifications in the interest of performance and safety include hydraulic front brakes with mechanite front brake drums, triple S.U. carburettors, a belt driven water pump and Speed Six connecting rods. The car was rebuilt and commissioned in its present form in 1973 in time for the B.D.C. Scottish Whit weekend rally which it completed with flying colours and its reliability since then reflects the 'no expense spared' mechanical restoration which the car had undergone. A C Type gearbox is fitted and the car drives particularly well.

This eminently usable vintage Bentley is offered with Swansea V5 registration document and MoT valid to November 1989.

 
     
     
  Source: Sotheby's Auction of Important Early and Classic Motor Vehicles, Automobilia and Automobile Art in London catalog, Mar. 20, 1989
Posted: Dec 27, 2006
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. DS3573
Engine No. DS3573
Registration No. GP 8242
Date of Delivery: Aug 1929
Type of Body: Saloon (Weymann)
Coachbuilder: H J Mulliner
Type of Car: No info
   
First Owner: LYLE Sir L
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Now Vanden Plas 4 seater. Rebuilt with new supercharger 1990, D box, 6 Litre pattern diff, Le Mans replica body by Arley."  
     
     
  Posted: Mar 01, 2007  
     
 
 
 
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