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1926 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1926 Numbers
Chassis No. AP305
Engine No. 1228
Registration No. TD 4512

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Registration No. TD 4512

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - December 2016)
 
September 2017
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"Hi! TD 4512 emerged from slumber today and gave my son (the 4th generation of this family) a ride with its current steward, his grandfather William C Johnson II. We have a bit of cleaning and polish to do before the British Invasion show next weekend in VT."

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Hi Mona, TD 4512 has been in our family since 1963 and we pieced together some of its previous history from the prior ownership. It was restored in 1992 by my father and still sporadically attends shows and is driven. I can talk to my father and see if we can put together something more substantial for you if you'd like. I'm pretty sure the car was originally a black saloon and was crashed at some point, then rebodied by Hooper. I'm not sure exactly when the 4.5 was added but my father may known; it predated my grandfather's purchase. My grandfather also owned a beautiful 1936 4.25 Vanden Plas open tourer which is also still in the extended family.

I'm going to be working on pre-show polish on Friday (Sep 15, 2017); if there is a specific detail photo you're interested in or would like let me know."

 
     
     
  Source: Carter Johnson (Owner)
Posted: Sep 20, 2017
 
     
September 2012
 

"Interested to find this, as this is my father's car. I am the one pictured driving it in the most recent shot, and the photos at the bottom are my grandfather. It is a wonderful car! It underwent a complete bare chassis restoration from 1991-1993, and is still driven regularly with gusto by my father, Bill Johnson. Wonderful to find these old pictures of it!"

 
     
     
  Source: Carter Johnson
Posted: Sep 07, 2012
 
     
2004
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Smith Castle Show 2004

 
     
     
  Source: Webshots, posted by user 'erikrapp'
Posted: Sep 24, 2010
 
     
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Bentley is now fitted with a 110 h.p. 4½ Litre engine. Its original fabric Vanden Plas body was destroyed in an accident and its present aluminum body is by Cooper of London.

 
     
     
  Source: Greatest Cars, Ralph Stein, 1979
Posted: Oct 08, 2007
 
     
1963
 

"My grandfather bought TD 4512 in 1963 from England. The previous English owner — Guy Shoesmith I believe — came over to visit the car in the 90s at my father's home. I can track down his notes on it. Talking with my father, he mentioned Shoesmith was the one who undertook the 4.5 conversion. He employed Johnny Green in England. Mike Hawthorn also drove TD 4512 while it was owned by Shoesmith, I believe."

 
     
     
  Source: Carter Johnson (Owner)
Posted: Oct 20, 2017
 
     
Late 1950s - Early 1960s
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"Looking through one of my father's old albums and Googled the reg which led me to your site. My mother thinks it was taken at Beaulieu in the late 1950s / early 1960s."

 
     
     
  Source: Steve Bannister
Posted: Dec 12, 2016
 
     
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  Source: Walter McCarthy
Posted: Jun 16, 2008
 
     
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Bentley 1928 TD 4512

Belcourt Trophy - Classic Division.

L. to R. Wm. R. Johnson Bristol, RI receiving Trophy from Mrs. Chas. Tinney.

 
     
     
  Source: Walter McCarthy
Posted: Jul 18, 2008
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. AP305
Engine No. 1228
Registration No. TD 4512
Date of Delivery: Feb 1926
Type of Body: No info
Coachbuilder: No info
Type of Car: SP
   
First Owner: BROOKS Hon G B
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "In USA. 4 seater by Cooper eng MF 3173 ex ch. MF 3171. Eng 1228 in ch. ML1518."  
     
     
  Posted: Mar 01, 2007  
     
 
 
 
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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
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