Cricklewood refers to the town north of London, where Bentley established its operations in the early days, before World War I. The first model of the Cricklewood cars was the 3 Litre model, produced from 1921 to 1929 and known as the company’s first model. From 1926 to 1930, Bentley was also offering the 4.5 Litre based on a rolling chassis and the Blower Bentley with a roots-type supercharger, as well as the more powerful 6.5 Litre model. From 1928 to 1930, Bentley added the high-performance Speed Six model. The Bentley 8 Litre was introduced in 1930 and produced until 1932, based on the largest rolling chassis made by Bentley at Cricklewood. The 8 Litre was the last new car made by the British manufacturer before its financial distress forced a sale to Rolls Royce. The last model from Cricklewood was the Bentley 4 Litre, based on a shortened 8 Litre chassis, powered by a modified 4-liter Ricardo IOE engine and priced affordably in attempt to restore the company’s good financial state.
If you’re looking to purchase a Cricklewood Bentley, here are a few tips you might find useful. First, be sure to check the car’s body for rust, even if a restoration was done recently. Pre-war classics often need a lot of attention to be kept in good condition. Another recommendation is to investigate the car’s authenticity thoroughly by having an expert check the paperwork and certificate of authenticity. Finally, it’s always a good thing to have a classic Bentley expert carry out a complete pre-purchase inspection so that you’re fully aware of the characteristics and future service needs of the model.
The Beverly Hills Car Club team has been dealing with classics of all makes, models and decades for many years and as such, the team is your best ally when looking to purchase a Cricklewood Bentley. Don’t wait and get connected with the friendly staff today to hear more about the different models and current availabilities on the market.
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