World's oldest Bentley up for auction
23 Juin 2011
We're used to seeing chassis numbers on collector cars go on for several digits. But not this one. This one is chassis number 3. That's it. And that's because this is the oldest production Bentley in existence.
Following EXP 1 and EXP 2 – the former of which is no longer with us, the latter kept in Bentley's corporate collection – this 1921 Bentley 3-Litre was the first production model to leave the factory. And it's in immaculate condition, despite having been raced through much of its life. In fact, while Bentley's own EXP 2 has had many parts replaced by now, Chassis No. 3 here is all original, down to the aluminum coachwork, brass brightwork, engine and gearbox.
This extremely rare example of automotive history is going up on the auction block at Pebble Beach in August under the auspices of Gooding & Company, along with an exceptional motorcycle we'll be bringing you shortly.