1924 Le Mans winner in limelight

1924 Le Mans winner in limelight

One of the great old racing Bentleys goes on show at one of France's biggest automobile exhibitions next week.

The 90-year-old Bentley 3 Litre has proved its staying power since becoming the first overseas winner of the 1924 Le Mans endurance race.

It helped co-drivers John Duff and Frank Clement to victory in what was, and still is, the planet's most prestigious circuit-based perseverance event.

It is off to Paris on Wednesday, February 5 for the prestigious RŽtromobile exhibition for vintage car enthusiasts, which runs until Sunday, February 9.

The car will be Bentley's headline act at this year's show for vintage car enthusiasts.

The Crewe-based luxury car manufacturer's chose the Bentley 3 Litre as a celebration of the revival of its racing programme.

The schedule saw its Continental GT3 racer take part in races at Northamptonshire's Silverstone, Italy's Monza and southern France's Paul Ricard circuit this year.

Richard Charlesworth, Head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, said: "The car É is part of this marque's unique association with France and motor racing."

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