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BENTLEY OTHER 1931 Country:United States
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1931 BENTLEY LITRE, The first 8-Litres appeared at the Olympia Motor Show in October 1930 and created a sensation. This magnificent machine would top 100 miles per hour with limousine coachwork and eight people inside. Bentley Motors effectively ended in 1931 when they notified London Life that they would be unable to make their June 30th mortgage payment. W.O. was confident that the company would continue under the proposed new ownership of Napiers of Acton, London. The Receiver's sale of Bentley's assets was regarded to be a formality but in the Royal Courts of Justice in London's Strand a barrister representing the British Central Equitable Trust made a counter offer, much to everyone's astonishment. After the court case, it became apparent that the B.C.E.T. was representing Rolls-Royce. Having acquired all of Bentley's assets, including the design of the 8-Litre it is perhaps telling that the model was never again produced. The car presented here, an 8-Litre Bentley; chassis number YR 5086 was delivered new to Mr. A.V. Bustard of Antrim, Northern Ireland on April 1st, 1931. It was built on the 13- foot wheelbase chassis and had engine number YR 5086 and an F type gearbox, number 8083. The chassis left the Cricklewood works on January 7th, 1931 to be bodied by Thrupp and Mayberly, also of Cricklewood, with an enclosed limousine body. It is known that Mr. Bustard kept the car until at least 1933 when the service records finish. Interestingly, his brother, R.L. Bustard bought an 8-Litre Bentley at the same time. Chassis YR 5025 was bodied by Freestone and Webb and was destroyed by fire in 1932 after being hit by an Austin Seven. The next time that YR 5086 is known, is when it was owned by a Mr. Dale in the late 1950's. During Mr. Dale's ownership of the car it had its engine rebuilt and is then believed to have had a succession of UK owners until it was re-bodied in the mid-1960's with a Vanden Plas-style dual cowl tourer body by Wallis. The car is pictured in John
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