Bentley 4 Litre
|Bentley 4 Litre|
|Manufacturer||Bentley Motors Limited|
|Designer||Walter Owen Bentley,
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||as arranged with coachbuilder by customer|
|Engine||3.9 L Ricardo IOE I6|
|Wheelbase||134 in (3,400 mm)
140 in (3,600 mm)
|Predecessor||6½ Litre & Speed Six|
The Bentley 4 Litre was a motor car built on rolling chassis made by Bentley Motors Limited. The 4 litre chassis was conceived and built in a failed attempt to restore Bentley to a good financial state. Announced 15 May 1931, it used a modified four litre Ricardo IOE engine in a shortened 8 litre chassis at two-thirds of the price of the 8 Litre in an attempt to compete with the Rolls-Royce 20/25. Instead, Bentley went into receivership shortly afterward, from which it was purchased by Rolls-Royce Limited.
The conventional straight-6 engine used an 85 mm (3.3 in) bore and a 115 mm (4.5 in) stroke for a total displacement of 3.9 L (3,915 cc (238.9 cu in)) and a power output of 120 bhp (89 kW) at 4,000 rpm. The engine power was not suitable for the heavy chassis.
- "Lot 244: Bentley 4-Litre/8-Litre Le Mans-style Tourer". Motorbase. Hastings, UK: Classic Vehicles. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
A double-drop chassis was adopted, closely based on that of the contemporary Bentley 8-Litre, and offered in two wheelbase lengths: 11' 2" and 11' 8", both of which were shorter than the shortest of the two 8-Litre chassis available.
- Feast, Richard (2004). "Chapter 3: Vintage Years". The DNA of Bentley. St. Paul MN USA: MotorBooks International. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-7603-1946-8. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
...only 50 4-litres were completed before Bentley Motors was acquired by Rolls-Royce.
- Culshaw & Horrobin 2013, p. 82.
- "History By Chassis – List of all W. O. Bentleys with original chassis nos. 4 Litre". VintageBentleys.Org. Houston, TX USA: VintageBentleys.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- Culshaw, David; Horrobin, Peter (2013) . "Bentley". The Complete Catalogue of British Cars 1895 - 1975 (e-book ed.). Poundbury, Dorchester, UK: Veloce Publishing. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-845845-83-4.
- OUR MOTORING CORRESPONDENT. (15 May 1931). "A New Bentley.". The Times (45823). London. p. 13.
- Feast 2004, p. 52.
- "HISTORY OF MARQUES: BENTLEY - British". Sportscars.TV. 1966. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
There was nothing to compalin about in the engine design, but unfortunately the very heavy 8-litre chassis was used and this resulted in a rather dull and slow car.
Bentley timeline, 1920s–present
|Ownership||Bentley Motors Limited
Bentley Motors (1931) Limited
Bentley Motors (1931) Limited
|3 L||4½ L
|Cars with Bentley own-factory coachwork|
|Bentleys on the Volkswagen platform|
Bentley timeline, 1921–1931
|Sports car||3 L|
|4½ L & Blower|
|Grand tourer||6½ L & Speed Six||4L|
|Luxury vehicle||8 L|
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