World’s first production Bentley up for auction
If you are a true vintage car lover and habitual to collect these classic beauties, then here is some good news for you. The world’s oldest and first Bentley car is now up for sale. The car is lined up for auction in August 2011 by Gooding & Co. of Santa Monica, Calif. at Pebble Beach.
The Bentley 1921, Chassis No. 3 is claimed to be the first car to be delivered to the customer. The car has participated in various rallies and is perfectly usable to this day as well. Originally it had an aluminum body with no roof top.
Paul Hageman, a car specialist for Gooding, explained that the first version of the car was an experiment which no longer exists. However, the second one was preserved by the factory. Chassis No. 3 went through many owners in the UK, but none of them realized its value then. This classic beauty was once owned by Welshman Ivor Llewelyn, father of James Bond films actor Desmond Llewelyn, that gave the car some publicity.
The 1921 3-liter Bentley is expected to fetch around $250,000 from the auction in August. The estimated price is a bit less than the usual Bentley auctions that happened earlier like 1927 Bentley that fetched somewhere around $780,000.