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1932 Bentley 8-Litre Short Wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe / YX5124 Vehicle Information

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

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Sold for $962,500 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island.
High bid of £500,000 at 2008 Automobiles of London. (did not sell)
This 1932 Bentley 8-Liter Short Chassis Fixed Head Coupe with coachwork by The Mayfair Carriage Company, Ltd., was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $1,000,000 - $1,300,000. The car is powered by a 7983cc overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine with four-valves per cylinder and dual carburetors, capable of producing 220 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual gearbox with four-wheel servo assisted drum brakes. Its elegant coachwork rests atop a 144-inch wheelbase and carries chassis number YX 5124.

This two-door Fixed Head Coupe is one of the few 8-Liter Bentley's to be given a sporty persona. It is the second to last 8-Liter constructed, meaning it is one of the last Bentley's to be built before the company was acquired by Rolls-Royce.

The vehicles first owner was Mr. C. G. Hayward. Mr. H.J. Thomas, the Director of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, was the vehicles second owner. While in his care, the 21-inch wheels were removed and replaced with 19-inch wheels. Also, the fenders and running board were modified to accommodate tool boxes. From 1940 through 1948, the car was not driven and taken off the road.

The car passed through a few more owners throughout the years. In the late 1950s it was owned by Captain G.C. Blundell, a British Naval war hero. It remained in his possession for over twenty years.

In the mid-1980s, the car was treated to a complete, ground-up restoration and brought back to its original configuration and glory.

Since that time, the car has graced many concours and automotive events, often leaving with many prestigious awards. At the 1985 Kensington Garden Concours it was awarded the 'Best Vintage Bentley.'

From new, the car has traveled over 250,000 miles, though its mechanical components have been rebuilt. Since the restoration was performed in the 1980s, it is no longer a 100-point restoration car. It does have some signs of wear, though it is still mechanically and cosmetically impressive.

At auction, the vehicle did find a new owner, but sold for slightly less than the estimated value. This 8-Liter Bentley nearly topped the one-million dollar mark, selling for $962,500.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007


2008 Automobiles of London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£690,000-£790,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
£500,000

2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $962,500

1932 Bentley 8-Litre Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: YX5118
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  
1932 Bentley 8-Litre Saloon by Arthur Mulliner
Chassis#: YX 5105
Sold for USD$825,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  
1932 Bentley 8-Litre
Sold for USD$962,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  1932 Bentley 8-Litre image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1932 Bentley 8-Litre's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Bentley 8-Litre Short Chassis Fixed Head CoupeYX 51242008 Automobiles of London$500,000$690,000$790,000

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Vehicle Profiles

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1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

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Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
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1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lancefield

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Coachbuilder: Mulliner
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1931 Roadster Special
Coachbuilder: Sutherland
Chassis Num: YF5006
Engine Num: YF5006

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1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YF5011
Engine Num: YF5011
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1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis Num: YF5013
Engine Num: YF5013

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1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YR 5088
Engine Num: YR 5088
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1931 Open Tourer by Harrison
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: YR5076

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Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: YR5085
Engine Num: YR5085
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1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Wallis
Chassis Num: YR5086

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1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YR5095
Engine Num: YR5095
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1931 Sports Coupe Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: YR5099
Engine Num: YR5099

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1931 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX 5113
Engine Num: YX 5115
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1931 Corsica Tourer
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: YX5115
Engine Num: YX5117

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Touring Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5119
Engine Num: YX5119
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1932 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Arthur Mulliner
Chassis Num: YX 5105
Engine Num: YX 5105

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre
1932 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5111
Engine Num: YX5113
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre
1932 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5118
Engine Num: YX5118

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre
1932 Short Wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: YX5124
Engine Num: YX5125

1932 Bentley 8-Litre

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