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1924 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1924 Numbers
Chassis No. 537
Engine No. 541
Registration No. XT 3560

  This car - updated
Chassis No. 537
Engine No. 541
Registration No. XT 3560

(Updated with information from Ray Arnold. - October 2017)
 
October 2017
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As found on The Real Car Co. Ltd website on Oct 20, 2017:

1924 Bentley 3 Litre Freestone & Webb Tourer
Chassis no: 537 - Engine no: 541 - Registration no: XT 3560
Asking price: £345,000

A fabulous car, having just been fully restored over a period of several years from the bare chassis frame up. The work is fully documented and photographed, and has been carried out to a very high standard. We are very pleased to see that the finishes are just as they should be, rather than 'over the top' as is sometimes the case. Not only is the car a matching numbers example in terms of engine, gearbox, axles, steering box, etc, but it has been with just two families from new, the last from about 1951. At that time, there was no body on the car, but in recent times a very appropriate, original Freestone & Webb open tourer body from another Bentley 3 Litre has been found, extensively renovated and fitted. Just 1,100 miles have been covered since completion of the work, without problems, and acting as a nice 'settling in' process. Sensible upgrades incorporated into the restoration include the fitting of twin electric fans, conversion from dynamo to alternator and the fitting of flashing indicators, as well as a concealed accessory socket, suitable for plugging in a satnav, etc.

Snippets: The Racing Yule
By the time he ordered 537 David Yule had already led a very full life – born in 1895 in Germany during his formative years he lived with his family in North Gate, Regent’s Park and returned to Cologne shortly before WWI as a student. After only a short time in Cologne due to the outbreak of hostilities David Yule was arrested & interned at Ruhleben for the duration; the Ruhleben Register gives David Yule’s address as 24 North Gate – a magnificent serviced mansion block built circa 1907 & requisitioned during WWII for use by the Government. It would seem that David Yule was a scion of the Yules of Scotland & India who had business interests in the Jute, Finance, Shipping & petroleum industries. When David Yule took delivery of Chassis 537 the original chassis cards show 3 addresses – 17 Brunton Place in the name of Carlish (possibly his mother’s family), 24 North Gate Mansions (the Yule family home) and also 25 Eden Quay in Dublin (a business address). David Yule relocated to Dublin in the early 1920s & whilst in Ireland he made quite a name for himself in motor racing circles with his CMY (Cox, Morris, Yule) Morris Eight Special with speeds registered at 96mph - this was in the mid1930s. There was a rumour that David used 537 in the inaugural Irish Grand Prix at Phoenix Park in 1929 but this has yet to be proved! Perhaps someone out there has some old photos or brochures that can help to solve the mystery. Around 1950, after many discussions with David Yule, 537 was acquired by the current family, and remained with them until the present day.

This car is for sale as of October 4, 2017

 
     
     
  Source: The Real Car Co. Ltd
Posted: Oct 23, 2017
 
     
November 14, 2014
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NEC Classic Car Show, November 2014

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Thomas's Pics'
Posted: Aug 27, 2015
 
     
January 2009
 

"My father-in-law Patrick Skelton (who died about five years ago) had bought this car from David Yule in 1955. My wife and I came into possession of the car around December 2006. The car was in a very bad state at the time as nothing had been done on it all those years.

The car has been under restoration with Charles Palmer of Classic Restorations (Scotland) for the last three years. The engine has been completely rebuilt and now running for the first time in over 60 years. The body which I purchased in 2007 is an original Freestone & Webb Tourer, and it needs total refurbishment which is being carried out at the moment. It came from a Bentley in Strasbourg — I believe 1928 Chassis No. DN1734.

I have a full record of its progress to date "

 
     
     
  Source: David O'Reilly (Owner and son-in-law of previous owner Patrick Skelton)
Updated: Jan 15, 2009
Posted: Jan 14, 2009
 
     
May 2008
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"XT 3560 on its glorious way...". This photograph is from May 20, 2008.

 
     
     
  Source: David O'Reilly (Owner)
Posted: Jan 21, 2009
 
     
April 2008
 

Car in Ireland. No body. Not for sale. Registration no. is XT 8281.

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
2006
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  Source: David O'Reilly (Owner)
Posted: Jan 16, 2009
 
     
1992
 

The owners' sandblasted it and put it into a container.

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
Mid-1950s - 1990
 

The car was bought by the current owner's father in the mid-1950s who left it out in the open for 35 years. It had no body from the windscreen back.

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
1955
 

This car was bought by Patrick Skelton in 1955 from David Yule.

 
     
     
  Source: David O'Reilly
Posted: Jan 15, 2009
 
     
 
Prior to sale in mid-1950s…
 

The car stood for years at a garage in Dublin and was bought then by the present owners' father.

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
1934
 

This standard car was raced at the Phoenix Park in 1934 in stripped form as owner David Yule's usual racer probably broke and he was making up the numbers. (Have a small snap of this I will try to send at a later date.)


Correction:
"I stated before (on this page below) that the original owner David Yule had raced the car at Phoenix Park, however I have now discovered that he in fact drove another 3 litre stripped for the race not his own one. 537 had a 2 seater and dickey type wide body originally painted yellow and there was a small oil painting of it. However I have Yule's family photograph album which shows him at speed in another 3 litre. Great to see it so well restored now. Yule was a well known racer in his Morris Special and Austin Ulster and we assumed he drove his own 3L." - Eddie Bourke, Feb 08, 2016

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Updated: Feb 08, 2016
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
1924 - Mid-1950s
 

Car belonged to David Yule from new to the mid 1950s.

 
     
     
  Source: Eddie Bourke
Posted: May 02, 2008
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. 537
Engine No. 541
Registration No. XT 3560
Date of Delivery: Mar 1924
Type of Body: No info
Coachbuilder: No info
Type of Car: ST
   
First Owner: David Yule
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Last seen in Ireland 1948/52 - Vanden Plas 4 seater."  
     
     
  Posted: Sep 20, 2006  
     
 
 
 
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