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1931 Bentley 8-Liter Sports Coupe Cabriolet / YR5099 Vehicle Information

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1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 8-Liter photograph

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High bid of $3,325,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
The 8-Litre Bentley was very tall and was over 20 feet long, with an engine compartment similar to that of a locomotive. They were ideally proportioned for elegant custom coachwork and were capable of reaching and exceeding speeds of 100 mph. The 8-Litre Bentley was certainly one of the greatest British automobiles ever produced, yet only 100 chassis were built before the cost of developing and building drove the company into receivership. Most of the 8-Litre chassis were given heavy, closed bodies.

This 8-Litre Bentley, chassis number YR 5099, was the forty-ninth 8-Litre Bentley built and one of thirty-four 12-foot wheelbase chassis intended for sporting bodywork. The car was ordered by Sir P. Malcolm Stewart, who was the owner of the London Brick Company, the largest brick manufacturer in the United Kingdom at the time. Barker was tasked with providing the sports coupe cabriolet coachwork. The car remained with him for five years, and in 1934, it underwent minor maintenance, which was followed by the addition of a D.W.S. jacking system.

The second owner, G. Stewart Ferguson of Birmingham, England became the car's second owner in February of 1935. At some point before or during World War II, the car was taken to Scotland. After the war, it was owned by J.A. MacHarg. Mr. MacHarg modified the rear of the body to convert it into a four-passenger car.

In the late 1970s, the car was acquired from Mr. MacHarg by Peter Agg. While in Mr. Agg's care, it was given a restoration and brought back to its original form, which included reshaping the rear of the body in the style of its original Baker design. The car won First Place at the Bentley Drivers Club Concours at Kensington Garden in 1983, prior to being sold stateside to Bentley expert Frank Miller. In 1987, Mr. Miller displayed the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it wore a two-tone blue finish.

The car has the 18-inch Bluemel-sprung steering wheel, original special-order Twin Delco distributors, SU H08 carburetors, a Bosch starter, a Whittle belt-drive fan, a Tecalemit one-shot pump, Smithermet shutter controls, Bosch fuse boxes, and a Bosch FG12 horn and bracket. It has a larger-than-standard AT speedometer and odometer, a Jaeger clock, a Weston ammeter, a Cambridge thermometer, a Bosch ignition switch and lighting/starter switch, a Lucas headlamp dimmer switch, a rectangular Hobson 25-gallon telegauge, and a Smiths 0–100 pound oil pressure gauge. Lucas P100DB headlamps are still fitted, as are the Lucas snail-pattern sidelights and twin Lucas S220 metal-bodied 'diver's helmet' taillights. There is a rare Grebel spotlight, which is easily adjustable by the driver to be used for reading road signs.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014


2014 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $3,750,000-USD $4,750,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $3,325,000

1931 Bentley 8-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 BENTLEY 8 LITRE POINTED TAIL TWO SEATER
Chassis#: YR 5092
Sold for USD$859,871
  2021 Gooding & Company : European Sporting & Historic Collection
 
1931 BENTLEY 8-LITER TOURER
Chassis#: YF 5013
Sold for USD$885,000
  2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: YR5094
Sold for USD$749,436
  2019 The Saragga Collection
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sports Tourer
Chassis#: YX5116
Sold for USD$893,775
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: YR5094
Sold for USD$885,104
  2018 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: YM 5034
Sold for USD$1,015,063
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sports Tourer
Chassis#: YX 5109
Sold for USD$646,301
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: YR5086
Sold for USD$585,003
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
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1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: YR5076
Sold for USD$1,196,597
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
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1931 Bentley 8 Litre Tourer
Chassis#: YR5086
Sold for USD$605,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: YM 5034
Sold for USD$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 USD$2,200,000
  2008 Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions
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1931 Bentley 8-Liter Gurney-Nutting
Chassis#: YR 5088
Sold for USD$1,485,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer
Chassis#: YX 5103
Sold for USD$255,507
  2003 Bonhams - Lord's Cricket Ground 'Summer Vintage'
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Bentley 8-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Bentley 8 Liter Silent Bloc Saloon Coachwork by Vanden PlasYX 51132018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,000,000$1,600,000
1931 Bentley 8-Litre SpecialYF50062018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $600,000$750,000
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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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
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1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio' by Bertone
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 8 Litre
1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lancefield

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Weymann Paneled Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Roadster Special
Coachbuilder: Sutherland
Chassis Num: YF5006
Engine Num: YF5006

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YF5011
Engine Num: YF5011
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis Num: YF5013
Engine Num: YF5013

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YR 5088
Engine Num: YR 5088
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Open Tourer by Harrison
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: YR5076

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: YR5085
Engine Num: YR5085
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Wallis
Chassis Num: YR5086

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YR5095
Engine Num: YR5095
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sports Coupe Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: YR5099
Engine Num: YR5099

Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
1931 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX 5113
Engine Num: YX 5115
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter
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
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre
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

1931 Bentley 8-Liter

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