Bentley 8 Litre
(1930 – 1931)
Bentley 8 Litre, 1931, #YX5110, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. This car was first registered in 1932 and still does retain the complete set of tools and every extra delivered when new
The largest British motor car produced at that time emerged from the Bentley premises in the form of the Bentley 8 Litre – priced at a cool £ 1,850 for the chassis only. It was substantially more expensive than the competing Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Unbeatable as regards smoothness and silence the engine was capable to push the car to 100 mph even with the heaviest of formal coachwork. The model achieved lasting fame for W.O. Bentley but didn’t, regrettably, earn the profit needed to keep the Bentley company financially afloat. Sales figures were limited not at least due to the world economic crisis.
6 cylinder in-line engine, iron cylinder block and cylinder head cast in one piece, bore stroke 110 x 140 mm, capacity 7,983 cc; electron crankcase; 4 valves per cylinder, dual ignition by coil and separate magneto; single dry plate type clutch; 4 speed gearbox, hypoid bevel final drive; suspension by semi-elliptic springs front and rear; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,658.6 mm or 3,963.4 mm (144 in or 156 in); tyre size 21
100 Bentley 8 Litre