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Little Classics News: 28 January 2014

Classic Le Mans Winner Takes Centre Stage with Bentley at Rétromobile

John Duff (at wheel) with Frank ClementBentley Motors is delighted to announce that one of the most famous cars in the marque’s history – the 3 Litre that won Le Mans in 1924 with John Duff and Frank Clement at the wheel – headlines the company’s presence at the prestigious Rétromobile exhibition next month in Paris.

Now celebrating the 90th anniversary of its Le Mans victory, this unique car was the first overseas winner of the world’s greatest endurance race and started a period of domination for Bentley in the 1920s as well as helping to establish the company’s reputation for creating cars combining high‑performance with outstanding levels of durability.

Left to right: Frank Clement, WO Bentley and John Duff at Le MansRichard Charlesworth, Head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, comments: “This is a wonderful car to lead our presence at Rétromobile in Paris and we are particularly grateful to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Musée Automobile de la Sarthe for their kind support. The car is truly one of the great racing Bentleys and is part of this marque’s unique association with France and motor racing.”

Some nine decades later, Bentley’s connection with motorsport remains as strong and passionate as ever with the new Continental GT3 race programme underway and the company set to compete at Silverstone, Monza and Paul Ricard later this year.


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