Immediately from its conception in 1927, the Bentley – with a 4.5 litre engine – was racing in a variety of events, winning the 1927 and 1928 Le Mans and various other prestigious races. O. W. Bentley was convinced a racing program was crucial to selling cars and he provide it to be right! He sought out any event that would highlight the Marquis’ reputation for reliability and high speed, giving the Bentley an unbeatable sports pedigree appealing to customers looking for power and performance.
This is a numbers matching 1928 Bentley that didn’t leave England for 85 years. Car number PM3258 was first sold in 1928 to Edward Forsyth of Southampton Row in London. It was fitted with a four seat Tourer body by Harrison and “D” gear box – the most desirable for a 4.5 litre. The gear box number is 7095 as per the build sheet making it a truly numbers matching car. In the early 1970’s, the Harrison body was in poor state and then owner asked James Pearce of Sussex, a very well-known Bentley restorer to build a new body to the specifications in the style of Vanden Plas. Before leaving the UK for its trip here, it was repainted and the upholstery replaced with new leather by Bentley’s specialist DBE Limited.