Chassis no. LM1345
Engine no. LM1342
Engine size: 2998 cc, bhp 86@3500 rpm
Top speed: 95+ mph
Fuel consumption: 18 mpg
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas, England
First owner: Bentley Motors Ltd.
First private owner works driver: Commander Glen Kidston (then raced car privately)
Restored by current owner – Mr. J.D. Medcalf
1926 Le Mans 24 Hours Race—Drivers: F. C. Clements & G. Duller race No. 8
Autocar described the car’s performance during the race thus -
‘Duller decided to put more vim into the game, taking over the No. 8 Bentley, he jumped from seventh to fourth, and was lying third at the end of the 24th lap; ten minutes later [he] was second, then went into first place after twenty six laps. Not satisfied with this, he drove faster still, missed the Arnage right-angle turn and buried himself so deep in the soft earth that he had to extricate his car.’ The car was eventually retired from the race with valve stretch.
1926 Brooklands 6 Hours race—Driver: F. C. Clements race No. 12 – failed to finish
1927 Le Mans 24 Hours Race—prepared by Bentley Motors but not raced; it was replaced by the first 4.5-litre Bentley
1927 Brooklands, Essex Car Club’s 6 Hours Race – Driver: F. C. Clements – failed to finish
1927 George Boillot Cup—Driver: L.G. Callingham – finished with sheared oil pump drive
On display courtesy of the President of the British Drivers’ Club, Mr. J. D. Medcalf from Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January 2019.