BENTLEY 4 1/2 LITRE n.4
The Bentley 4 1/2 Litre is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1928. The British manufacturer after the revenge obtained in 1927 with the Bentley 3 Litre ‘Sport’, updated the car by increasing the displacement of the engine to 4.5 liters . The new challenge was with the American team Stutz ready to redeem the defeat at the Indianapolis 500 miles. Tim Birkin and Jean Chassagne at the wheel of the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre n.3 finished fifth in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1928, with a gap of twenty laps to winners.
The race was initially characterized by the duel Bentley and Stutz, but during the night the American car was slowed by problems with the gearbox, this allowed the English car to lengthen, but a few hours from the end had mechanical problems that reduced the accumulated advantage, with difficulty they crossed the finish line as winners. Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin won with the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre n.4. In second place came the Stutz DV16 Blackhawk n.1 driven by Brisson and Bloch with a gap of one lap, while in third place the Chrysler 72 Six n.8 of Stoffel and Rossignol with a ten laps gap.
Bentley 4 1/2 Litre
Designed: Vanden Plas
Steel ladder frame
Length: 4380 mm
Width: 1740 mm
Height: ? mm
Suspension front: rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, friction dampers
Suspension rear: live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, friction dampers
Bentley 4392 cc S4
Power: 80 kW
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: four speed manual
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fifth 24 hours of Le Mans 1928 with drivers Tim Birkin, Jean Chassagne
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