British Oil Painting Classic 1926 3 Litre Speed Model Green Bentley Car
Capture the thrill of the open road with this 1 classic British oil painting of a 1926 3-litre Speed Model Green Bentley Car. The bold lines and striking colours lend this piece of art a timeless combination of power and grace, inviting you to start your journey of exploration and discovery today.
- Subject transportation portrait iconic scene of a classic sporting car which is a Bentley 1926 3 Litre Speed Model in traditional racing green body colour.
- Title "1926 3 Litre Speed Model Bentley".
- Attention to detail is breathtaking, showing the number plate YR 4575, with Charles Sykes Spirit of Ecstasy car mascot badge on the top front the chrome grill, with having a red leather four seater, convertible pull up roof cover on the back. 2 side doors with front windscreen. With 4 black rubber tyre wheels, with a spate shown on the side. Large front headlights and side lights.
- Distinctly signed at the bottom by the British artist R Hewitt.
- Beautifully controlled brush work.
- This is so sought after by transport art collectors, Bentley enthusiasts & classic car dealers.
- Oil on board.
- Bentley Motors Limited is a British designer, manufacturer and marketer of luxury cars and SUVs. Headquartered in Crewe, England, the company was founded as Bentley Motors Limited by W. O. Bentley (1888–1971) in 1919 in Cricklewood, North London, and became widely known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Bentley has been a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1998 and consolidated under VW's premium brand arm Audi since 2022.
- The Bentley 3 Litre was a car chassis manufactured by Bentley. The company's first, it was developed from 1919 and made available to customers' coachbuilders from 1921 to 1929. The Bentley was very much larger than the 1368 cc Bugattis that dominated racing at the time, but double the size of engine and strength compensated for the extra weight. The 4000 lb (1800 kg) car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, with drivers John Duff and Frank Clement, and again in 1927, this time in Super Sports form, with drivers S. C. H. "Sammy" Davis and Dudley Benjafield. Its weight, size, and speed prompted Ettore Bugatti to call it "the fastest lorry in the world", which was regarded as a compliment. Built in 3 main variants, Blue label, Red Label Speed models all carrying a 5-year warranty, and the coveted and rare Green Label 100 mph cars, which only carried a 12-month warranty reflecting the high state of tune.
- The 3.0 L (2,996 cc or 183 cu in) straight-4 engine was designed by ex-Royal Flying Corps engineer Clive Gallop and was technically very advanced for its time. It was one of the first production car engines with 4 valves per cylinder, dry-sump lubrication and an overhead camshaft. The four valve SOHC Hemi design, with a bevel-geared shaft drive for the camshaft, was based on the pre-World War I 1914 Mercedes Daimler M93654 racing engine. Just before the outbreak of the war Mercedes had placed one of the winning Grand Prix cars in their London showroom in Long Acre. At the suggestion of W.O. Bentley, then being commissioned in the Royal Naval Air Service, the vehicle was confiscated in 1915 by the British army, dismantled at Rolls-Royce and subjected to scrutiny.
- Un-tuned power output was around 70 hp (52 kW), allowing the 3 Litre to reach 80 mph (129 km/h). The Speed Model could reach 90 mph (145 km/h); the Super Sports could exceed 100 mph (161 km/h). A four-speed gearbox was fitted. The chassis from a Humber was designed by Frederick Tasker Burgess (1879-1929) previously chief designer at Humber who had worked with W.O. during the war producing the aero engines BR1 and BR2. Bentley did not deliver complete vehicles, but—as was customary—provided only a rolling chassis. Only the rear wheels had brakes until 1924, when four-wheel brakes were introduced.
- Provenance bought from a private seller.
- Partial label verso.
- A wonderful talking point with your guests.
- Set in a rather fine original gilt frame.
- Great for transport art collectors & classic car dealer showroom.
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- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
- Circa late 20th century.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The painting surface is in good order, having some foxing, general wear, scuffs, scratches to the frame commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of frame approximate
Wide (36 cm)
Depth (1.5 cm)