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13. Bentley 6.5 litre speed six


13. 6.5 litre Bentley speed six_full

This Bentley 6.5 litre speed six was the winner of Le Mans in 1929.

Woolf Barnato was a Britsh financier and racing driver, one of the “Bentley Boys” of the 1920S. He achived three consecutive wins out of three entries in the 24 hours of le Mans race. Barnato acquired his first Bentley ( a 3 litre) in 1925, just 12 months before he also acquired the business itself. With this car he won numerous Brookland races. He was a member of a social set of wealthy Britsh motorists who favoured the cars of W.O. Bentley. Many were independently wealthy often with a background in military service. Inspired by the 1924 Le Mans win by Duff and Frank Clement, Barnato agreed to finance Bentley’s business. Barnato invested in excess of 100.000 pounds sterling saving the company and its workforce.

With renewed financial input W.O. Bentley was able to design another generation of cars, the six cylinder 6.5 litre. However the supercharged 4.5 litre (the famous “Blower” Bentley, which Barnato pushed through against Bentley’s wishes, had poor durability and failed on the track. From 1940 to 1945 Barnato was a Wing-Commander by the Royal air Force and died on 27th July 1948 aged just 53 as a result of a thrombosis after an operation for cancer.

 

Original watercolour of the Bentley 6.5 litre speed six

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
  • Watercolour on art paper
  • Not framed
  • Free International Shipping
  • Size : 27 x 20 cm = 10.63″ x 7.87″
  • Price : € 495,–

 

Prints of this watercolour

  • Limited Edition art print (100 pcs) € 49,– each, numbered
  • Shipping Europe € 15,– , worldwide on request

 

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