Fresh new out of the Royal Air Pressure precisely a century ago in 1919, W.O. Bentley constructed 3 EXP autos to start off off his auto enterprise. Applying his working experience with aircraft engines, he designed a 3.-liter four-cylinder with aluminum pistons for his automobiles, which was encouraged by pre-war types this kind of as the 1914 Grand Prix Mercedes and the 1913 Coupe de l’Auto Peugeot.
Following Autocar tested EXP1, Bentley utilised his exhibited chassis to construct EXP2 into a two-seater athletics automobile, featuring an aluminum body, and an motor with four valves for every cylinder, a twin-spark head, twin magnetos, and a number of bits of magnesium here and there. As a consequence, EXP2 designed 175 horsepower in its final iteration. Considering that it weighed just 1500 lbs, it was superior for a top pace of 79 miles for every hour. In 1921, that was still a lot plenty of for a victory, as very long as a auto could remain in a single piece all over the race. Luckily for us, Bentley’s chassis ended up the most sturdy in the business enterprise.
Though EXP3, ‘The Cab,’ became W.O.’s individual auto, EXP2 received re-bodied in 1921, and was fitted with a spare racing motor the next year. It was later replaced with the 144th Bentley generation motor. In advance of having dusty, EXP2 realized eleven race wins and seven 2nd place finishes.
Today, as the oldest surviving Bentley, EXP2 is component of the exceptional club that includes Ferry Porsche’s 1940 Form 64 #03, and Enzo Ferrari’s 1947 159 Spyder Corsa. Its caretaker is Robin Peel, Head of the Bentley Motors Heritage Assortment, and if you happen to be looking for a new drinking sport, he can also assist you with that: