Tuesday, 23 August 2011

World's oldest Bentley sold for $962,500 at pebble Beach - Watch the Video

chassis number 3
The 1921 3-liter 'Chassis Number 3' sells for $962,500 at Pebble Beach, a truly epic story for the world's oldest surviving production Bentley.  Noel Van Raalte was Bentley's first customer and bought the vehicle with chassis number 3 (registered AX 3827 in the UK) for a mighty £1,150 90 years ago. The same 3-Liter Bentley found its way to the Gooding & Co. auction at Pebble Beach this week at a princely sum of $962,500*

The car's first owner (and Bentley's first customer) paid the American equivalent of $1,896 at the time of its delivery, which would equal about $23,000 today based on the consumer price index.

At 90 years old, chassis No. 3 is said to be in immaculate condition, and it comes with an impressive pedigree. Notable wins throughout decades of racing include the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1924 and 1927.
Gooding describes the matching-numbers car as wearing original aluminum coachwork and brass brightwork, with signature design cues from the brand throughout.


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