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1924 Bentley 3-litre, Blue Label, long standard tourer

Made 1924
Automobile, full size, Bentley, 3-litre, long standard tourer, Blue Label, engine No. 705, chassis No. 695, metal/rubber/wood/leather, Bentley Motors Ltd, Cricklewood, London, England, 1924, used by Stanley S. Lade, Tasmania, Australia

The 1924 Bentley is partly restored and features an open four-seat, four-door touring body with running boards and an angled split windscreen to reduce wind resistance. It is the standard long wheelbase "Blue Label" model featuring a 4-cylinder, in-line engine, iron cylinder block and cylinder head cast in one piece, aluminum alloy crankcase, dual ignition by magnetos and a cone type clutch with a 4-speed gearbox. The final drive is by bevel pinion, suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear, and the brakes are fitted to the front and rear axles.

The car is incomplete but it does run. Some non-standard parts are fitted and major components are missing including interior fittings, some of the seats, several instruments, tail-light and driver's door. Some of the non-standard parts include the modern SU carburetor and the brake operating levers. The timber body frame and metal panels are not original and are part of a restoration begun prior to purchase by the Museum in 1964. This is suggested by the fact that the front door hinge positions have not been cut into the new timber. There are also two weld lines in the metal scuttle just forward of the front door cutouts. Two boxes of spare parts in the rear of the car contain ignition switches, magneto switches, a generator and fuel lines.

Chassis builder: Bentley Motors Ltd,
Type: 3 litre Blue Label
Years in production: 1921-1929
No of 3-litre models made: 1617
Coach builder: Unknown
Engine No: 705
Chassis No: 695
Steering Box No: 692
Gearbox: Type "B"
Front axle No: 371
Rear axle stamped ratio: 13/55 (4.23:1)
Rear axle No: 695
Engine: 4-cylinder in-line
Petrol tank capacity: 11 gallons (50 litres)
Petrol consumption: 20-22 mpg (7.4 litres/km)
Transmission: cone type clutch, 4-speed gearbox
Bore: 80 mm (3.1 in)
Stroke: 149 mm (5.9 in)
RAC Horsepower rating: 15:9
Max. speed: 80 mph (129 km/h)
Weight: 33 cwt (1.7 tonnes)
Capacity of engine sump: 2.5 gallons (11.4 litres)
Wheels: Rudge Whitworth detachable wire
Tyres: 600 x21
Wheelbase: 10 ft 10in or 130 in (3 302 mm)
Track: 4ft 8 in (1422 mm)
Original colour: green
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