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1931 Bentley 8-Liter

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The 8 Liter Bentley was the largest, most powerful and last model built by the original Bentley Motors, Ltd. The earlier models, the 3, 4-1/2, and Speed Six built Bentley's reputation primarily on their racing prowess. The 8 Liter was a departure in that it was built primarily as a large luxury car to compete with the Rolls Royce Phantom II. It was available with 144 or 156 inch wheelbases, with 6 cylinder 8 Liter overhead cam engine having 4 valves per cylinder, dual side draft carburetors and twin ignitions producing over 200 horsepower.

Only 100 of these cars were built in 1930 and 1931. The company became insolvent and Rolls-Royce purchased it at the receiver's sale primarily to remove the 8 Liter from production and thus from the competition for the Phantom II. Starting in 1933, Rolls-Royce used the name on a new sports car, the 3-1/2 Liter Bentley and subsequent models.

Of the 100 8 Litre cars built, 37 were on the short 144-inch chassis. This is one of very few with its original Weymann paneled saloon coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. In 1936 it was purchased by Countess Seafield and in 1938 to R.F. Collinson-Cooper, MC. Owned for over 56 years by the Collinson-Cooper family in England, it has won numerous awards. It was first restored by Jack Barclay Limited in the 1960s and won Best of Show at the Bentley Drivers Club meeting at Goodwood in 1967. Bought by Bentley collector Stephen Brauer in 1994, it appeared at the Louis Vuitton Concours in New York in 1999 and in 2009 won third in class at Pebble Beach.

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1931 Bentley 8-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bentley 8-Liter

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Special
Chassis#: YF5006
Sold for USD$423,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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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
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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
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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
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1931 Bentley 8-Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer
Chassis#: YX 5103
Sold for USD$255,507
  2003 Bonhams - Lord's Cricket Ground 'Summer Vintage'
 

Bentley 8-Liters That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1931 Bentley 8-Liter Profiles

1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: YR 5088
Engine #: YR 5088
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Lancefield
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: YR5085
Engine #: YR5085
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Touring Car
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: YX5119
Engine #: YX5119
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Open Tourer by Harrison
Coachwork: Harrison
Chassis #: YR5076
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Corsica Tourer
Coachwork: Corsica
Chassis #: YX5115
Engine #: YX5117
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Weymann Paneled Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Wallis
Chassis #: YR5086
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sports Coupe Cabriolet
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: YR5099
Engine #: YR5099
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Swallow Sidecar and Coachbuilders
Chassis #: YF5013
Engine #: YF5013
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: YX 5113
Engine #: YX 5115
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Roadster Special
Coachwork: Sutherland
Chassis #: YF5006
Engine #: YF5006
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: YF5011
Engine #: YF5011
1931 Bentley 8-Liter vehicle information
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: YR5095
Engine #: YR5095