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1925 Bentley 3 Litre    
Original 1925 Numbers
Chassis No. 1064
Engine No. 1094
Registration No. YK 2473

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Registration No. YK 2473

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with further updates. - November 2017)
July 2017
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Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti, July 2017

  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Andrea 109'
Posted: Nov 11, 2017
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Targa Floria Marina di Ragusa, 2012

  Source: Blog Mailasail
Posted: Jun 13, 2013
September 2012

"YK 2473 seen in a public car park alongside Lake Garda - Flat cap on rear view mirror!!!! Weather great so roof down, In VG shape, have photos."

  Source: Henry Davies
Posted: Sep 19, 2012

"My father is moving house and was sorting through his old photos and found some very nice black and white photos of a 3 litre he came across at the side of the road in the late 80's early 90's. being an ex r.c. moss employee he showed them to me. there is a very nice front drivers side 3/4 shot and a rear drivers side 3/4. would these be of interest to you..."

  Source: Ian Setchell
Posted: Jun 07, 2012

"In 1950-57 this car was owned by Mr K.W. (Bill) Adams) for whom I am submtting this information. When Bill owned the car, being an engineer he rebuilt the engine with all new bearings. Made new gears for the camshaft and mag drive. The mag drive gears were worn to an knife edge at this time. He also replaced the small gear in the diff. All of these parts Bill made him self. Bill also made new wings and re-trimed the interior in red. The body at this time was clad in aluminum and painted black.

Bill would like to see YK 2473 again if this is possible."

("Bill has now retired but still working in engineering. Making the finest clocks to his own designs.")

Please scroll down to view photographs of the car when it was owned by K.W. Adams in the 1950s.

  Source: K.W. (Bill) Adams (Former owner). Sent by David Clarke.
Posted: Apr 27, 2011
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
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Bentley 3/4 Litre original VdP body

Having been in the long term ownership of a well known BDC member it has been maintained regardless of cost and its specifications include: Engine converted to 4 Litre by VBE restorations; - Bosch mags, new 'A' gears, overdrive, new wheels, hubs, brakes and spinners. 4½ steering ratio and fuel tank, touring trunk, double shock absorbers, Blockley tyres. The blade wings and Carl Zeiss headlamps plus very fine nickel plating make this an outstanding attractive car.

  Source: "Classic & Sports Car" magazine, Mar. 2007
Posted: Feb 20, 2007
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1925 Bentley Speed Van den Plas Sports Tourer
Bentley Speed Model 1925, original Van den Plas body. Original engine built to 4.5 litres with all new components inside. New 'A' gears, overdrive, 4.5 ltr steering ratio, larger capacity petrol tank.

Maintained regardless of cost (over £50,000 in past 5 years) so that it is a real Rally car. When the engine was built, new crank, rods, gears, pistons, shellbearings, etc. New gears in A box, overdrive fitted, double shockers, Blockley tyres, new wheels and hubs, new tank which is 50% bigger.

  Source: PreWarCar
Posted: Jan 27, 2007
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This photograph is from an advertisement by Stanley Mann in "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" magazine, July 1983.

Text in advt reads: 1925 Bentley 3 litre, V.D.P. Speed model, red label, perfect, original.

  Source: "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" magazine, July 1983
Posted: Oct 13, 2008
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1925 Bentley 3-Litre Short-Chassis Speed Model Four-Seater
Reg. No. YK 2473 Chassis No. 1064 Engine No. 1094

Engine, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft, monobloc, bore 80mm., stroke 149mm., capacity 2,996 c.c.: dual magneto ignition: four-speed gearbox, right-hand change: spiral bevel final drive: footbrake on four wheels, handbrake on rear wheels: suspension semi-elliptic front and rear: wheelbase 9ft. 9 1/2in.: tyre size 5.25/6.00 x 20: price new in England, £1,125.

This is an example of the most famous of the 3-litre Bentleys, the short-chassis Speed Model, better known as the Red Label. It carries four-seater open sports coachwork in the classic idiom, with hood, single-panel screen, and rear-mounted spare wheel. There are flared wings and full-length running-boards, and the handbrake lever is mounted outside the body.

Though the style of the body is essentially that of Vanden Plas, the coachbuilder is not known. It is, however, believed to be original in all essentials, since it was on the car in a very rough state when the vehicle came into the hands of the present owner some six years ago. It has been professionally rebuilt, and recovered in vinyl in place of the original leather fabric. The wings, however, are known to be non-original. No modifications have been made to the mechanical specification, though the car has been rebuilt throughout. Condition is described as excellent, and commensurate with a total mileage of only 800-odd since the completion of all this work.

  Source: From a Christie's Beaulieu sales catalog dated July 8, 1976
Made available by Michael J. Immecke
Posted: Jul 16, 2007
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K W Adams with YK2473


  Source: K.W. (Bill) Adams (Former owner). Sent by David Clarke.
Posted: Apr 27, 2011
Chassis No. 1064
Engine No. 1094
Registration No. YK 2473
Date of Delivery: Jun 1925
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: SP
First Owner: MILLS T O
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1154 with a 4-seater Sports; Black; 6/1925.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "Vanden Plas body no. 1154. Accident 11/25 - new front axle bed fitted."
  Updated: Jul 04, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
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Jan 19, 2018 - Info and photograph added for Registration No. GU 858
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Jan 17, 2018 - Info and photograph added for Registration No. UV 3070

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