Bentley interns restored the 96-year engine for 700 hoursOctober 25, 2019
The engine came to light only four years after the company was founded
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bentley brand, a three-liter engine restoration project was launched in 1923. The work was entrusted to trainees who completed it in 700 hours.
The participants of the project were tasked to bring back to life the four-cylinder 3.0 engine, which was installed on chassis number 209 and for 70 years belonged to the school of the Royal Artillery.
First, the unit had to be completely disassembled, photographed, described and marked every detail, washing and cleaning of old paint, and then assembled and demonstrated at the Bentley headquarters in Crewe. In addition to the restoration work itself, the interns were tasked with planning, drawing up estimates and assessing risks.
This engine came to light just four years after the company was founded. Little is known about the first years of its operation, but in the mid-1930s, the unit arrived in Dorset, where the Royal Artillery School was located. In his example, students studied the device of the internal combustion engine.
In September, Bentley set a record by collecting 1,321 vehicles from different historic eras at one site – from the oldest EXP2 in 1920 to the state-of-the-art EXP 100 GT.
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