Fresh from restoration having covered just a thousand or so shake down miles since the most comprehensive nut & bolt rebuild I have ever seen. The chassis number is clearly visible on the front left dumb iron.
The late owner of this car entrusted it to Elm down engineering & gave them carte blanche with an open cheque book to perform the transformation to the car we find today. The engine has been upgraded to 4 1/2 litre spec whilst being utterly rebuilt to as new. A huge photographic record of the restoration comes with the car alond with copious multiple detailed bils minutely explaining the amazing works undertaken. You really have to read thoough the invoices in detail to appreciate the magnitude of the works undertaken. The car was stipped to its bare chassis which was then fettled & painted to better then new standards prior to the rest of the work being commenced through 2004 to 2006.
The car has Vanden Plas style open touing coachwork fitted along with a Le Mans style extra large fuel tank. To the interior is brand new green hide to match the brand new British racing green Paintwork. The car sits on four rebuilt wire wheels shod with new blockley tyres. A black mohair roof erects for inclement weather. Twin zip togetehr tonneau covers secure the car when left unattended. The short chassis gives the car particularly pleasing lines.
On the road the car performs as on emight expect. Ample reserves of power allied to an overdrive unit allow for extremely fast long legged modern touring at speeds well above those allowed in these climes. A useful luggage rack is fitted to the rear. This really is a quintessential Le Mans style car with finned drum brakes all round, Fish tail exhaust, full quotient of instruments & the requisite lighting up front.
The car is thus ready for extended touring use with eye watering quantities of money having been already spent to put it into 100 point order.
The following information was received from Richard Biddulph:
"Chassis no: 573
Engine no: 345
Registration no: XT 9546
Do you own this car: Yes
Year of purchase: 2016
Recently purchased from the estate of the last owner of two decades, this
car was bought as a tired car with engine no 345, a 3.0 litre model, from America by
its previous owner in the late 1990s.
The engine was converted to 4½ litre spec about 15 years ago & an additional
several hundred thousand pounds spent on it around 2005 with various marque
specialists of whom Elmdown engineering were the biggest contributor. In effect the
emerged in brand new condition from its nut & bolt rebuild, with a VDP Le Mans style
body & overdrive fitted for fast road use.
The chassis bears the original stampings on the cross member & front Dumb Iron of
Chassis number 573. American correspondence with the car alludes to chassis number
984 having been purchased & used as a donor for amongst other things its front
brakes etc. The 4½ litre radiator is a non original item replacing the original
which was stolen by a radiator restorer who went broke taking the radiator with him."
Richard Biddulph (Owner)
Posted: Mar 08, 2016
This car was purchased by Richard Biddulph in 2016.
Richard Biddulph (Owner)
Posted: Mar 07, 2016
England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
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Chassis no: 573
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Posted: Feb 25, 2014
RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
Date of Delivery:
Type of Body:
Type of Car:
More Info: According to original
Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records,
this car was originally fitted with
Body No. 1669 with a demonstration
Saloon for Vanden Plas (1924 chassis
re-bodied). Car was delivered in July
Note: For some reason Vanden Plas
records show the Chassis No. as 'ST
573' and not '573'.
Michael Hay, in his book Bentley:
The Vintage Years, 1997, states:
"Bought back by Vanden Plas in
1930 and fitted with 4½ Litre rad,
bonnet, bulkhead and prototype Van
Vooren style saloon (Vanden Plas body
no. 1669). Cut down to greengrocers'
truck. Eng 575 in ch. 1100. Chassis
frame believed built into ch. 984(?? - VintageBentleys.org)
- see 983."