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1924 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1924 Numbers
Chassis No. 500
Engine No. 505
Registration No. NW 5917

  This car - updated
Chassis No. -
Engine No. -
Registration No. NW 5917

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - September 2017)
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"Dear Robert, Although I am not a Bentley owner I do enjoy reading your newsletters. I have always had an interest in vintage Bentleys perhaps because my father had one before the last war. My father had to sell the car because I had arrived and it was not suitable as a baby carrier! He was always very interested to know what had happened to the car. I had tried on many occasions to trace the whereabouts of the car but it wasn't until the day after he died that I received a note from the previous owner that he had the car and had restored before selling it to someone in Vancouver!

I have attached a few photos (above) — the sepia pictures are of the car outside our home in Reigate Surrey UK taken probably during the war and the colour pictures are of the restored car when it was in Bristol UK before being sold to Vancouver. The Bristol owner was terribly sorry not to have been able to bring the car for my father to see.!

P.S. When I was a teenager I used watch Bentley Blown and Unblown"

  Source: Peter Woods (Son of former owner)
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
May 2013
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All British Field Meet Vancouver, May 2013

  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'D70'
Posted: May 02, 2014
September 2012
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Vancouver Canada, September 2012

  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'R Gibbs'
Posted: Nov 08, 2012
In Canada in 2009 / Owned by a BDC member
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All Brit Field Meet, 2009

  Source: Flickr, photo posted by user 'pfw565'
Posted: Jul 22, 2010
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2001 Pebble Beach Concours, in Carmel, California

  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Artamia'
Posted: Jul 16, 2013

"This car is currently owned by Phill Entwistle of North Vancouver, BC., Canada. When photographed it was then owned by George Klepp. A very nice car indeed and in excellent condition!" — David Cohen, Aug 05, 2013

"Body is Barker or Barker copy." — David Rolfe, Aug 3, 2013

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Body by Park Ward
Engine no. 505; Chassis no. 500; Reg. no. NW 5917

Engine, four-cylinder, overhead camshaft, monobloc, bore 80 mm., stroke 149 mm., capacity 2,996 c.c.: dual magneto ignition: four-speed gearbox, right-hand change: spiral bevel final drive: footbrake on four wheels, handbrake on rear wheels: suspension semi-elliptic front and rear: wheelbase 9ft. 9½in.: tyre size 5.21x21: price new in England (chassis) £925.

This is a rare and completely original example fitted with an unusual dual-cowl four-door touring body in aluminium: there is a second screen to the rear compartment and an inside handbrake (the standard Vanden Plas-bodied four-seaters, of course, mounted this out of doors). It is finished in the original colour scheme of crimson with black wings and the grey leather upholstery is also original. Equipment includes a hood and hood-bag in heavy-quality black leathercloth, a tonneau cover, the original rear carpets and a four-piece screen on which the two top portions open outward. There is also a fire-extinguisher and a Marchal spotlight and dynamo cover/plug holder (this latter not at present fitted) go with the car, as do two manuals -a 1930 reprint of the original instruction book, and Berthon's Technical Facts of the Vintage Bentley.

It has been in the present ownership for 44 years: the original owner is believed to have been the Marquis de Casa Maury. During the latter period it has been driven only by its owner and has never been raced or rallied - concours d'elegance apart. The car has always been kept in a heated garage and condition is described as excellent throughout, apart from some wear and tear in the front trim and some bubbling of the lower windscreen panels, which are possibly the original safety glass. When inspected by Joseph Cockshoot of Manchester (Rolls-Royce and Bentley retailers) in 1968, it recorded 73 per cent efficiency on the footbrake and 55 per cent on the handbrake. All the tyres now fitted are new and two used Avon covers are also included.

  Source: Sotheby & Co. Auction of Veteran and Vintage Vehicles X catalog, May 20, 1971
Posted: Dec 27, 2006

"This car used to belong to my father before and during WW2. I have a couple of pictures but no dates."

  Source: Peter Woods (Son of former owner)
Posted: Jul 04, 2015
Chassis No. 500
Engine No. 505
Registration No. NW 5917
Date of Delivery: Feb 1924
Type of Body: No info
Coachbuilder: CHALMER & HOYER
Type of Car: SP
First Owner: HART H L
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Was in Switzerland - now in UK. Park Ward tourer. Single Solex carb fitted new. Crashed and rebuilt 1930s - dumb-iron numbered 169."  
  Posted: Sep 20, 2006  
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Dec 15, 2017 - Info and photographs received from Hans Hugenholtz for Chassis No. KM3088
Dec 14, 2017 - Info and photographs added for Registration Nos. GP 31 & GP 401
Dec 13, 2017 - Info and photograph added for Registration Nos. YR 4575 & XP 8879

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