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Bentley has brought the oldest remaining Bentley in the world, the EXP2, to the Isle of Man to commemorate its 1922 RAC Tourist Trophy win.

01 Jul 2022 | International News : U.K.


Bentley has brought the oldest remaining Bentley in the world - the EXP2 - to the Isle of Man in celebration of the centenary of the car's win in the 1922 RAC Tourist Trophy.

A total of 78 Bentleys and period competitors returned to the famous island to pay homage to one of the most famous and challenging race circuits in the world for the event, forming what Bentley states was one of the largest static displays of Bentley 3-Litre models ever seen.

The gathering on the Isle of Man is claimed to be the largest static displays of Bentley 3-Litre models ever seen
The display allowed the general public and owners the opportunity to admire, compare and appreciate the vast array of cars dating back over a century. The rare collection of Bentleys at the event is said to total estimated value in excess of $67 million.

The Bentley EXP2 was the second experimental car which W.O. Bentley worked on to develop the engine and chassis of his first production model - the 3-Litre.

EXP1 was produced first, as its name suggests, and was the very first car to wear the Bentley badge, however it has been lost to history, making EXP2 the oldest Bentley in existence.

The Bentley EXP2 was originally constructed with a plain two-seat body designed to simply serve as a testbed for engine development. However, the car eventually was rebodied with dark red bodywork and an aluminium bonnet, crafted by coachbuilders JH Easter of Chagford Street.

The Bentley EXP2 was rebuilt to its original specification 25 years ago, and has stayed as part of the Bentley Heritage Collection since
EXP2 was originally constructed with a plain two-seat body, to serve its function as a development testbed for the engine - incredibly advanced for its time - and chassis. It was later rebodied with dark red bodywork and an aluminium bonnet, crafted by coachbuilders JH Easter of Chagford Street.

The car then carried on with its split career of development testing and racing for two years, before being sold in September 1923. It was then completely rebuilt to its original specification around 25 years ago, and is now one of the most important members of the Bentley Heritage Collection.

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