Chassis # PH1465 | Engine # PH1460 | Registration # YO6962
The decade of 1920-30 was the hay-day of the WO Bentley marque – with 10 years of promise and power. Chassis # PH1465 is a true ‘blue label’ example of the period, beautifully preserved, prestigiously campaigned, and with a diverting history to make it all the better. PH1465 made its first public appearance at the Olympia Motor Show in 1926, she sits today complete with her original matching numbers 3ltr engine, gearbox and chassis and with the genuine Gurney Nutting Open style body, as fitted new in period, this is a proper car.
Chassis PH1465 was registered as YO 6962 when purchased in 1926 by a Mr Tom Barr Smith Jnr of Australia who was studying at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Apparently Mr Barr Smith Jnr had a Bentley ‘habit’ and this was one of several Bentleys owned by him over a 4-year period; seemingly so much indulgent motoring fun was to his detriment, as he ultmately failed his degree – one can only assume as to the nature of his antics!
Mr Barr Smith sold YO 6962 to the Ewing family in 1928, and at some point the car was sold again, with the next recorded owner being a Mr A Starkie in 1961. In 1964, YO 6962 was heading north to Hale Cheshire to Mr L A Morgan, followed by Mr Alan Dunkerley of Rossendale during the 1970’s, and was again sold before the end of the decade to H Pepperall of St Neots. In 1982 the car passed to Bill Fone of Hare Hitch. Bill remained custodian of the car until 1999 when she was sold to our client owner, of the last 23 years.
During this tenure, the car has been used in rally events the world over, including the Peking to Paris, The Vancouver to Anchorage and back again, Slovakia, Italy, France and Spain. All these were accomplished following a full mechanical overhaul completed in 2010, as well as new paint and upholstery by Julian Taylor in 2011. Full wet weather gear is present as you would expect, hood, tonneau cover, hood-bag, side screens and auster screen make for practical touring. The car has patina commensurate with use with a smart use me appearance. Additions have been made to increase useability; Kenlowe fan, modern oil filter for example, which complement the ‘correct’ nature of this WO Bentley. The history file is understandably substantial and well-endowed with invoices. Early viewing is recommended as this 1926 3ltr WO Bentley has to be one of the finest examples of the type, that we have seen for many years.
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