Murphy Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis Num: YR5085
The 8 Litre Bentley was the largest and most luxurious Bentley made. It was conceived as somewhat similar to the Bugatti Royale and was to catapult Bentley into a position of a supreme manufacturer of luxury automobiles.

This is the only 8-Litre Bentley to be clothed with an American-made body. It was a special order for a gentlemen from Santa Barbara, California. When made, it was also the only Bentley to have all-metal bodywork. In 1931 the chassis was shipped by W.O. Bentley's company to another Walter - the W.M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, where this Franklin Hershey-designed Victoria convertible body was fitted. Victoria convertibles are basically two door, two window, roadsters seating at least four people. Only one hundred 8-Litre Bentleys were built, and they were amongst the most powerful cars of their day.

Of the 100 8-Liter Bentleys built, 35 were on a 145-inch wheelbase and 65 were on a 153-inch wheelbase. Very few of the original 8 Liters were open cars; fewer still were two-door open Victorias. One of the short wheelbase chassis was ordered by C.H. Mattheson of Santa Barbara, CA, for delivery to the Walter P. Murphy Coachworks. The body was designed by the famous Franklin Q. Hershey, and the coachwork was crafted out of alloy without using a wood substructure as was the practice of contemporary English coachbuilders.

Only 100 8 Litres were built - 65 long wheelbase and 35 short wheelbase. This car is a one-off all-alloy short wheelbase. It is one of only six open two-door 8 Litres.

Chassis# YR5085

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Analysis

Chassis number YR5085 Auction Sales History

2013 1
2010 3
2008 2
2006 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2013$646,301$646,3011
2010$795,533$1,196,5973
2008$1,354,104$2,200,0002
2006$1,485,000$1,485,0001
2003$255,507$255,5071

Recent Sales

1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sports Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:YX 5109
Sold for $646,301
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#:YR5086
Sold for $585,003
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
    
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#:YR5076
Sold for $1,196,597
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
    
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer
Chassis#:YR5086
Sold for $605,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
    
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#:Chassis#:YM 5034
Sold for $508,208
  2008 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer by Harrison
Sold for $2,200,000
  2008 Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions
    
1931 Bentley 8-Liter Gurney-Nutting
Chassis#:YR 5088
Sold for $1,485,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
    
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:YX 5103
Sold for $255,507
  2003 Bonhams - Lord's Cricket Ground 'Summer Vintage'
 

No Sale

1931 Bentley 8-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer by SwallowYF50132016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$850,000$1,000,000$1,250,000
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sports Coupe Cabriolet by BarkerYR50992014 RM Auctions at Monterey$3,325,000$3,750,000$4,750,000
1931 BENTLEY 8-LITRE SPORTSYM 50422014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $600,000$700,000
1931 Bentley 8 LitreYR50872011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $600,000$700,000
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sportsmans CoupeYM 50432010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $700,000$900,000
1931 Bentley 8-Litre TourerYR50862008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$850,000$950,000$1,200,000

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