Cars of 1999
Cars of 2000
Car of the Month
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of the Month - October 2000
Bentley 3/8 Special based on
Bentley 3 Litre, 1924, #477
The Bentley 3 Litre was the first model to be built when the company
started in the early 20ies. Over the years the fundamentally sound design
benefitted from a vast array of changes mainly to achieve more efficient
and reliable performance. Virtually there were no two cars identical.
Apart from those changes which found their way from the drawing board into
production engines incorporated fitters' modifications. Different
gearboxes could be opted for by clients as well as these had the choice
between various spring settings. Standard chassis were made to Speed Model
specification. There was but one basic factor: to tailor any car exactly
to the customer's desire.
Through the whole
period however, when Bentley acted as an independent manufacturer (in 1931
the company was taken over by Rolls-Royce) never a Bentley 3 Litre was
delivered like the Bentley 3/8 Special shown here. What still exists from
the company documents doesn't give a hint what the original coachwork
fitted to chassis number #477 might have looked like. In a book devoted to
Bentley motor cars it is listed as a 4-seater tourer.