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1928 Bentley 4½ Litre    
Original 1927 Numbers
Chassis No. ST3024
Engine No. ST3024
Registration No. WW 3973

  This car - updated
Chassis No. -
Engine No. -
Registration No. WW 3973

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with updates. - April 2017)
 
May 5, 2017
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"Vintage Bentley Motorcar. Taken in Broad Street Oxford. Friday 5th May 2017"

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'C.J's Photos'
Posted: May 19, 2017
 
     
April 2017
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Flying Scotsman Rally, April 2017

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by users 'Aaron Sneddon' & 'Ian Wylie'
Updated: Apr 26, 2017
Posted: Apr 14, 2017
 
     
August 1, 2015
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Bentley Drivers Club at Silverstone - Saturday 1st August 2015

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Roy Cousins'
Posted: Aug 22, 2015
 
     
2015
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"I saw this car earlier this month (July 2015), looking stunning and attracting a great deal of attention, parked outside a hotel in Sirmione on Lake Garda, Italy. I hope these photos are some use to you. What a beautiful car!"

 
     
     
  Source: George Wallace
Posted: Jul 30, 2015
 
     
April 18, 2015
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VSCC "Spring Start" at Silverstone - Saturday 18th April 2015

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Roy Cousins'
Posted: Jun 26, 2015
 
     
January 2013
 

Previous owners

Alec Hewett from late 1930's to c. 1950.
Alec Hewett sold the car after purchasing 8-litre Chassis No. YX5125

M.C. Bailey from (?) until 1974
When I purchased the car from Mr. Bailey he told me that he had owned it for many years.

I was responsible for changing the wings from those shown in Peter Mullett's photo, I also swapped the engine With that from Chassis No. HB3410. The body fitted at this point was by VDP, but I believe that it was previously fitted to another make of car as it was not a good fit to the Chassis Mr. Steele subsequently rebodied the car as a LeMans Rep.

 
     
     
  Source: John Murch (Owner 1974 - 1985)
Posted: Jan 30, 2013
 
     
July 9, 2011
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Sweden, July 2011

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Adam Singer'
Posted: Oct 10, 2014
 
     
July 2011
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"Some pictures I took a few years ago."

"The owner is my brother Michael Steele and is at Meriden, Warwickshire, near where Triumph motorcycles used to be made, Velocettes being still being maintained in a factory about six kilometers down the road to Coventry. My brother indulges himself with old cars (all of which are in tip-top condition). The Bentley in question is a 3/4 and a half that does a good turn of speed..."

 
     
     
  Source: Paul Steele
Updated: Jun 16, 2012
Posted: Aug 01, 2011
 
     
September 2009
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These photographs were taken at the Goodwill Revival Meeting in September 2009.

 
     
     
  Source: Bob Rippon
Posted: Sep 23, 2009
 
     
August 2009
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Schloss Dyck 2009, Germany.

This photograph was taken by Michael Immecke.

 
     
     
  Source: Michael J Immecke
Posted: Aug 06, 2009
 
     
2008
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Goodwood Revival 2008.

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, photo by user 'Dom'
Posted: Jan 24, 2009
 
     
2007
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Bentley Calista Rally 2007

 
     
     
  Source: German Car Zone and Auto Power Girl
Posted: May 16, 2011
 
     
2006
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
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  Source: Flickr
Posted: Jan 20, 2009
 
     
1985
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Owned by John Murch from 1974 to 1985, this car had suffered an accident in the early 1930s and its chassis was replaced with that from 3-litre Chassis 1071. Soon after its body was replaced with a second-hand tourer of unknown origin. In the 1970s the engine was swapped with that from Chassis HB3410.

The photograph above is about 20 years old but the car is believed to look much the same even today.

 
     
     
  Source: John Murch
Posted: Jan 03, 2008
 
     
1974 - 1985
 

This car was owned by John Murch from 1974 to 1985.

 
     
     
  Source: John Murch
Posted: Jan 28, 2013
 
     
1958 - 1959
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This photograph was taken around 1958-59.

"I remember this Bentley from the late 1950s when it belonged to a Mr Rodney Thomas of Fulham in West London... My father worked at Rodney Thomas's architectural studio and used the car pretty much all the time. In fact, this was the first car I drove, even took my driving test in it! It has been great to discover thanks to the internet that this Bentley is still "alive"!

I have no way of getting the chassis number now as that was in the late '50s and my father and the owner of the Bentley at that time, (Rodney Thomas of Seymour Walk in Fulham. W. London), have long since passed away. But the license plate is the same as you will see in the photograph. Rodney Thomas rarely drove anything, let alone the "beast" as he called WW, so my father used the car pretty much as his own.

Strange though, I notice a lot of differences from "our" WW to the one that's currently pictured on the web page. The body seems smaller now. I do know that when we had it there was a looming problem of rot in the ash frame, and we just didn't have the funds then to undergo the expensive rebuilding that was going to be due on the car soon. Maybe after we lost touch with Rodney Thomas the Bentley was sold on then re-built on the smaller chassis. I remember going to a Bentley restorer somewhere in South London I think with my father and having the work assessed, but we couldn't afford whatever it was I do know that. However it was a great workshop, no doubt your membership will know of it and its history. The man there used to work at Bentley in Cricklewood and when the firm was sold to Rolls Royce he left and set up his own "Bentley" shop. I recall seeing a custom built Bentley there with an 8ltr engine installed on a 3½ ltr "boat back" chassis and body... for an Italian owner I seem to recall who wanted to run it at Monza, not in a race, just to do it! Absolutely beautiful!"

 
     
     
  Source: Peter Mullett
Posted: Apr 19, 2012
 
     
1954
 

"This car can be seen in the movie 'Johnny on the Spot', (1954) staring Hugh McDermott directed by Maclean Rogers."

 
     
     
  Source: Colin Turner
Posted: Dec 19, 2017
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. ST3024
Engine No. ST3024
Registration No. WW 3973
Date of Delivery: Nov 1927
Type of Body: Saloon
Coachbuilder: ALBANY
Type of Car: No info
   
First Owner: HEAP E
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Rebuilt on ch. 1071 with 4 seat body and eng HB 3412 ex HB 3410. Chassis ST 3024 built into ch. 722."  
     
     
  Posted: Mar 01, 2007  
     
 
 
 
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