World’s Oldest Bentley to be sold at Auction

By P. Joseph

The oldest surviving production Bentley in existence is to go under the hammer at a US auction in August.

The Chassis 3 will be sold alongside several other vehicles of historical interest, including a 1931 Brough Superior motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen, at the auction in Pebble Beach, a small coastal resort in Monterey County, California.

One of the most important Bentleys in existence, the 1921 Bentley 3 Litre was the first customer car to leave the Bentley factory. It features brass brightwork and an original aluminum body with fully disappearing top as specified by the first owner.

“We’re delighted to present extraordinary collector examples of two renowned British marques, the 1921 Bentley Chassis 3 and McQueen’s beloved 1931 Brough Superior SS80, at our Pebble Beach Auctions,” said David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company auction house. 

“Both the Bentley and Brough Superior represent special opportunities for collectors who value provenance, historical significance and authenticity.”

Gooding & Company is a world-renowned auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional vehicles.

By P. Joseph