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1932 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer / YX5118 Vehicle Information

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre photograph

1932 Bentley 8-Litre1932 Bentley 8-Litre1932 Bentley 8-Litre
Sold for $1,705,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
This Bentley Tourer is the eighth from the last 8-Litre built, and one of just 35 on the 12-foot 'Short Chassis.' The car was built late in the production run, and remained at the Bentley Works, finished except for its coachwork, when Bentley Motors entered receivership on July 11th of 1931. The company was renamed Bentley Motors Ltd., and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce.

The few unsold, complete, unbodied chassis were subsequently sold to London Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers Jack Barclay and Jack Olding.

This particular example was ordered by Sir Everard Talbot Scarisbrick, 2nd Baronet and 30th Lord of Scarisbrick in Lancashire. It was given a four-passenger tourer body by the London coachbuilders Mayfair. It was delivered to the Baronet in May of 1932. In July of 1932, a Jaeger speedometer and rev counter were installed, followed in February of 1934 by a higher-ratio 15/53 crown wheel and pinion, and three SU fuel pumps in place of the original Autovac.

The next owner was J.C. Babcock of London, in whose ownership it was maintained for over 30 years. While in his care, the engine and chassis were overhauled in 1936 and the rear axle with replaced with a special high-ratio 16/53 type.

In 1938, Mr. Babcock approached coachbuilders Vanden Plas of London to re-body his Bentley. The result was a Tourer body with cut-down driver's side door, and low-slung waistline. The only other car of this era that was given Vanden Plas coachwork was Vivian Hewitt's famous YX5119, which is considered the most valuable 8-Liter. It was built immediately following this one.

Mr. Babcock entered this car in the 1949 Bentley Drivers' Club Kensington Gardens Concours.

After 30 years of ownership, Mr. Babcock sold his Bentley in 1967 to L.R. Beakbane, who retained it for just one year. It was then sold in 1968 to Hans Dieter Holterbosch, the American importer of Löwenbrau beer. The car was restored in the United Kingdom by Don McKenzie, with the body re-finished and re-trimmed by Hooper & Company in Westminster, then returned to the United States and into the Holterbosch stable. There it remained, mostly unseen, for the next 45 years.

The current caretaker acquired the car several years ago and sympathetically returned it to running order.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016


2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,500,000-USD $3,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,705,000

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

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

1932 Bentley 8-Litre

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