1931 Bentley 8-Liter Murphy Convertible Victoria / YR5085 Chassis 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

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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Murphy Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 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.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2018 1
2017 1
2013 1
2010 3
2008 2
2006 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$885,104$885,1041
2017$1,015,063$1,015,0631
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

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Chassis#: YR5094
Sold for $885,104
  2018 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'
 
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: YM 5034
Sold for $1,015,063
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sports Tourer
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-Liter image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer
Chassis#: YR5076
Sold for $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 $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 $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 image  1931 Bentley 8-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 8-Liter Gurney-Nutting
Chassis#: YR 5088
Sold for $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 $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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 8 Litre1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lancefield
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Weymann Paneled Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Touring Car
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Roadster Special
Coachbuilder: Sutherland
Chassis Num: YF5006
Engine Num: YF5006
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis Num: YF5013
Engine Num: YF5013
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Sportsman Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: YR 5088
Engine Num: YR 5088
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Open Tourer by Harrison
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: YR5076
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Murphy Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: YR5085
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Wallis
Chassis Num: YR5086
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Sports Coupe Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: YR5099
Engine Num: YR5099
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX 5113
Engine Num: YX 5115
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Liter1931 Corsica Tourer
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: YX5115
Engine Num: YX5117
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre1932 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Arthur Mulliner
Chassis Num: YX 5105
Engine Num: YX 5105
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre1932 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YX5118
Engine Num: YX5118
Chassis information for the Bentley 8-Litre1932 Short Wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: YX5124
Engine Num: YX5125


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