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1931 Bentley 8-Liter Tourer / YF5013 Vehicle Information

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 $850,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $885,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
This Bentley 8-Litre is the 13th of just 100 examples built. It was delivered as a company demonstrator to Société Européene Bentley Automobiles SA, near Paris, France, on March 1931. Bentley Motors commissioned the car's four-door sports saloon coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik. The car was registered in France as 4379 RE9 and is known to have been displayed in a local concours d'elegance in period.

This car was included as 'new-old stock' when Bentley was acquired by Rolls-Royce. It was then sold to London Bentley dealer Jack Barclay and a month later, in December of 1931, was acquired by Sir John Jarvis, trading in his 6.5-Litre on the purchased. Over the years that followed, the car was continuously updated, including with the addition of Andre shocks. In 1935, the car was sent to London coachbuilders Hopper for a new all-weather tourer body.

The car was sold in May of 1938 to S.G. Howard and saw little use during World War II. It was acquired in 1950 by Wentworth L. Rowland, passing in the mid-1950s to the first American owner, George C. Chilberg, who brought it to the United States. In December of 1962, the Bentley was purchased by the late Norris Allen of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Allen elected to have the car restored in a more sporting configuration. The Hooper body was removed, and the chassis was shortened to 11 feet, 2 inches, as on the Speed Six team cars, while a new custom open four-seater body was built by Swallow Coachbuilding of Coventry, accented by British Racing Green paint, Lucas P100 headlamps, and Lucas 'snail pattern' sidelights. The car retains its original radiator and cowl, as well as its 1935 engine bonnet. The wings and running boards are believed to have been retained from the Hooper body and suitably shortened. An overdrive was installed. The car has its original engine and front and rear axles.

The car remained with Mr. Allen until his passing in 1995 and was then sold to Bill Ford.

The engine is a 7983cc single overhead cam six-cylinder unit fitted with dual SU HO8 carburetors and offering 220 horsepower. There is a four-speed 'F'-type manual transmission and Dewandre L3 servo-assisted four-wheel drum brakes. The wheelbase measures 134 inches. There is a live front and rear axles with Woodhead semi-elliptic leaf springs and André Hartford tele-control shock absorbers.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016



2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Sale Price :
USD $885,000

2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,250,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $850,000

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
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: YR5076
Sold for USD$1,196,597
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
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
1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
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 4/8-LITRE TWO-SEATERVF40142021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $300,000$500,000
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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Bentley 8-Liter Vehicle Profiles
Saloon
Bentley 8-Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1930
Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Model Year: 1931

Sportsman Coupe
Bentley 8-Liter Sportsman Coupe

Coachbuilder: Lancefield
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Weymann Paneled Saloon
Bentley 8-Liter Weymann Paneled Saloon

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Roadster Special
Bentley 8-Liter Roadster Special

Coachbuilder: Sutherland
Chassis Num: YF5006
Engine Num: YF5006
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Sports Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YF5011
Engine Num: YF5011
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis Num: YF5013
Engine Num: YF5013
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Sportsman Coupe
Bentley 8-Liter Sportsman Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YR 5088
Engine Num: YR 5088
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Open Tourer by Harrison
Bentley 8-Liter Open Tourer by Harrison

Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: YR5076
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Victoria
Bentley 8-Liter Convertible Victoria

Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: YR5085
Engine Num: YR5085
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Wallis
Chassis Num: YR5086
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Sports Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Sports Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YR5095
Engine Num: YR5095
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Sports Coupe Cabriolet
Bentley 8-Liter Sports Coupe Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: YR5099
Engine Num: YR5099
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Sport Saloon
Bentley 8-Liter Sport Saloon

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX 5113
Engine Num: YX 5115
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Corsica Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Corsica Tourer

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: YX5115
Engine Num: YX5117
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Touring Car
Bentley 8-Liter Touring Car

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5119
Engine Num: YX5119
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Saloon
Bentley 8-Liter Saloon

Coachbuilder: Arthur Mulliner
Chassis Num: YX 5105
Engine Num: YX 5105
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History

Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5111
Engine Num: YX5113
Model Year: 1932
Profile
Tourer
Bentley 8-Liter Tourer

Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5118
Engine Num: YX5118
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History
Short Wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe
Bentley 8-Liter Short Wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: YX5124
Engine Num: YX5125
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History


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