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1924 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1924 Numbers
Chassis No. 573
Engine No. 575
Registration No. XT 9546

  This car - updated
Chassis No. 573
Engine No. 359
Registration No. XT 9546

(Updated with information from Vintage & Prestige. - September 2017)
September 2017
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Found on Vintage & Prestige website on September 7, 2017

1924 Bentley 3/4.5 litre Vanden Plas style tourer

Chassis number: 573
Registration number: XT 9546
Engine Number: 359

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.

This car is for sale as of September 7, 2017

  Source: Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars LTD
Posted: Sep 18, 2017
March 2016
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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."

  Source: Richard Biddulph (Owner)
Posted: Mar 08, 2016

This car was purchased by Richard Biddulph in 2016.

  Source: Richard Biddulph (Owner)
Posted: Mar 07, 2016
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
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Chassis no: 573
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

  Source: Pipo Aymamí
Posted: Feb 25, 2014
Chassis No. 573
Engine No. 575
Registration No. XT 9546
Date of Delivery: Jul 1924
Type of Body: No info
Coachbuilder: FAULKNERS
Type of Car: ST
First Owner: FLEMING Major

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 1930.

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 4 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 (?? - - see 983."

  Updated: Jul 10, 2007
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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