From 1930 to 1932, Bentley Motors Limited manufactured the opulent Bentley 8 Litre. One of the chassis types offered for the 8 Litre was the Tourer in the Le Mans fashion. This particular 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Le Mans-Style Tourer will be offered for sale on April 16th, 2023, at Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting Auction.
The vehicle was initially purchased brand-new in March 1932 as a Thrupp & Maberly-bodied landaulette by a Mrs. Ossorio. The vehicle, which was involved in an accident between 1932 and 1939, was fixed and later used as a hack at the Whyteleafe and Brightlingsea factory.
The 7,983 cc (487.6 cu in) straight-six engine that powered the Bentley 8 Litre produced 220 brake horsepower (160 kW) at 3,500 rpm. The vehicle had a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).
Large inline 6-cylinder super-luxury vehicles were produced in a variety of combinations as the Bentley 8 Litre by Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood, London. published on September 15th, 1930.
Additionally, it was Bentley's final entirely new design prior to the company's financial collapse and compelled selling to Rolls-Royce Limited. The 8 Litre had an 8.0L inline six engine and was supplied as a rolling chassis so that the owner's preferred coachbuilders could complete the bodywork.
At the time, the Bentley 8 Litre had the biggest engine of any vehicle sold in the UK. It had a crankcase constructed of the magnesium alloy Elektron. It had a maximum capacity of 200–230 bhp, which was a significant amount for the time. A Bentley 8 Litre achieved a 12 mile final speed of 101.12 mph in December 1930.
Only one other vehicle that year was quicker. A 8-liter inline-6 engine with about 220 horsepower, or enough to propel the 8 Litre to a maximum speed of 100 mph, powered the vehicle. Some examples could move even quicker if they had lighter bodies. The 8 Litre had only 100 units produced by Bentley.