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1923 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1923 Numbers
Chassis No. 155
Engine No. 169
Registration No. K 19

  This car - updated
Chassis No. 155
Engine No. 932
Registration No. ME 5800

(Updated with information from Mike Warner. - February 2016)
 
September 2017
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At Hampton Court’s Concours d’Elegance Motor Show in London, September 2017

 
     
     
  Source: Bob Rippon
Posted: Oct 09, 2017
 
     
2016
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Bentley At Tavistock steam fair, 2016

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'kerihampson'
Posted: Feb 21, 2017
 
     
November 2016
 

"I have a question. The Bentley with registration number K 19 had a supercharger in the 1967 Casino Royale movie (Blower Bentley). Except in the movie, I haven't seen any supercharger in the actual photographs of the K 19. What has happend with the supercharger of this Bentley?"

 
     
  "Possibly, the supercharger was just a fake for the movie." - VintageBentleys.org  
     
     
  Source: Miguel Gmcc Canas
Posted: Nov 09, 2016
 
     
February 2016
 

The following information was received from Mike Warner:

"Chassis no: 155
Engine no: 932
Registration no: *ME 5800
Do you own this car: Yes
Year of purchase: 2005

Clare Hay has discovered that it was a Bentley Motors demonstrator registered as ME 5800 in November 1922. She has assisted us in regaining the true original registration previously thought to be K 19. Will send you a decent photo of the car with ME 5800 plate when weather improves! We are keeping it much as shown on your site but do have many other pictures."

 
     
     
  Source: Mike Warner (Owner)
Posted: Feb 11, 2016
 
     
May 6, 2013
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Newport, UK - May 2013

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Charles Dawson'
Posted: Nov 17, 2014
 
     
September 8, 2012
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Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance, September 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Graham Woodward'
Posted: Dec 18, 2015
 
     
August 11, 2012
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The Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone Race Meeting - Saturday 11th August 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Paul Holtom'
Posted: Apr 20, 2015
 
     
June 2012
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Brooklands Double-Twelve, June 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Graham Woodward'
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
 
     
2011-2012
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BDC Silverstone, August 2012

BDC Silverstone, 2011

2011 BDC Concours at BDC, Wroxton
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Russell Browne
Posted: Apr 29, 2013
 
     
August 13, 2011
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Bentley Drivers Club Meeting at Silverstone - 13th August 2011

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Roy Cousins'
Posted: Jun 24, 2015
 
     
 

Oct 1, 2012: "I owned an RO Bentley conversion in the early seventies no. plate K19, I bought it in Ireland off Wing Commander Bill Thelen. I sold it a year later. I would love to know what happened to to it."

"What is a "RO Bentley conversion"? Any information and photos that you can add, we will put on the web site chassis page. Thanks." — Robert McLellan, VintageBentleys.org

Oct 2, 2012: "When my brother-in-law and I bought the Bentley number plate K19 in Ireland it had quite a story attached to it. It was the first James Bond Bentley when David Niven played the star role, It had a mock up at the front to make it look like a Le Mans Bentley. As for the R O Bentley conversion it was made from a four seater to two seater by the brother of Bentley. The car was made in 1923."

 
     
     
  Source: Clyde Thorley (Former owner)
Posted: Oct 09, 2012
 
     
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  Source: RMC Cars, France
Posted: Jul 16, 2010
 
     
2006
In Germany in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
2005
 

This car was purchased by Mike Warner in 2005.

 
     
     
  Source: Mike Warner (Owner)
Posted: Feb 11, 2016
 
     
2005
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Advertisement text by Stanley Mann:

"For all you James Bond fans this Vintage Bentley was chosen to star with David Niven in the film Casino Royale. This Bentley then a true starlet with looks and performance.

We sold this car some 12 years ago and the chap who we sold her to used to keep her in his front room and occasionally drive her (now there's a James Bond thing to do)."

 
     
  Source: Stanley Mann Racing
Posted: Jun 11, 2005
 
     
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  Source: Rolls-Royce by George Fenn, 1983
Posted: Jan 29, 2007
 
     
Early 1970s
 

This car was owned by Clyde Thorley in the early seventies. It was purchased from Wing Commander Bill Thelen.

 
     
     
  Source: Clyde Thorley (Former owner)
Posted: Oct 09, 2012
 
     
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Bentley 4½ Litre Blower Special in 'Casino Royale', Movie, 1967

 
     
     
  Source: Internet Movie Cars Database
Posted: Jan 19, 2009
 
     
1968
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"I have known of K19 since the 1950s when it was owned by Bill & Joyce Thallon who lived in Gerrards Cross, Bucks. They happened to be clients of my mother the local Veterinary Surgeon. Bill & Joyce had, at that time, a couple of German Shepherd dogs that rode in the back of K19 (complete with goggles I might add!). Bill & Joyce left to live in Skibbereen, Co. Cork Eire on Tuesday 15th October 1968.

The Coachbuilder was Automarine of Brighton (their plate was on the car)."

"This card (above) I got from Bill & Joyce Thallon when they left England for Ireland in 1968. This might interest the present owner as part of the history of the car."

 
     
     
  Source: Robert Beckett
Posted: Jul 25, 2012
 
     
1965
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Bill and Joyce Thallon when they visited my
mother and I at home in Buckinghamshire

On the film set of “Casino Royale”
 
 

"K19, a 1923 3 litre, owned by friends (Bill and Joyce Thallon) of my mother's who lived just up the road from us in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, was the start of my interest in vintage Bentleys. Bill and Joyce had a couple of German Shepherd dogs that would ride in the back of K19 -- kitted out with their own goggles I might add! One of the dogs that my mother treated (she was a veterinary surgeon), was coming around from an anaesthetic just as K19 passed the surgery. Clearly that unique throaty exhaust note aroused the semi-comatose animal which tried to get to its feet!

 
     
     
  Source: Robert Beckett
Posted: Jul 25, 2012
 
     
1950s
 

Owned by Bill and Joyce Thallon in the 1950s and 1960s.

 
     
     
  Source: Robert Beckett
Posted: Jul 17, 2012
 
     
 

"My brother-in-law and I bought K19 from Wing Comander Bill Thelen in Kinsail. Bill was a great character who had taken K19 with a trailer full of fox hounds to hunt in Southern Ireland. He had many stories to tell, one was he had been shot down over Germany and had spent the rest of the war in the wooden horse camp. Bill looked very like David Niven so he drove K19 in many shots in Casslna Royel.

I hope this helps build up the story Bentley Reg K19."

 
     
     
  Source: Clyde Thorley (former owner)
Posted: Dec 01, 2010
 
     
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This photograph is from an advertisement by Dan Margulies in "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" magazine, January 1977.

Text in ad says: 1923 Bentley 3 litre short chassis number 155; speed model engine; as used in James Bond film "Casino Royal".

 
     
     
  Source: "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" magazine, January 1977
Posted: Jul 22, 2008
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. 155
Engine No. 169
Registration No. K 19
Date of Delivery: Jan 1923
Type of Body: No info
Coachbuilder: No info
Type of Car: S
   
First Owner: ANNETT M A
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "H.M. Bentley style 2 seater by Automarine 1949. Used in film "Casino Royale". Engine *932 ex ch. 912. Now reg *SV 4797."  
     
     
  Posted: Sep 15, 2006  
     
 
 
 
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