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1931 Bentley 8 Litre    
Original 1931 Numbers
Chassis No. YR5095
Engine No. YR5095
Registration No. GP 401

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2010
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Pebble Beach, 2010

 
     
     
  Source: Pebble Beach Concours
Posted: Aug 27, 2010
 
     
2009
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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 59th Annual - August 16, 2009.
 
 

1931 Bentley 8 Litre Short Chassis Vanden Plas 4-Seat Tourer YR5095
YR5095-1931 Bentley 8 Litre Short Chassis Vanden Plas 4-Seat Tourer. Commissioned by Bentley Motors chairman Woolf Barnato for his honeymoon in the USA. Unique features include fold down windscreen, dual rear mounted spares, complete tool set, fitted luggage and a French pillar-swivel spotlight. At the request of Barnato, all the brightwork was done in copper. Invited by Autocar to the 1936 Festival of Speed at Brooklands and it reached over 100 mph. Recently sold by Charles Crail Automobiles who described it as "undoubtedly the finest original example of a W.O. Bentley" and "A chance of a lifetime to own one of the world's great Bentleys." Subsequently restored for Peter G. Livanos and displayed at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours.

 
     
     
  Source: Super Cars, Flickr, posted by user 'pohutukawa' and Sports Car Digest
updated: Apr 10, 2013
updated: Mar 25, 2011
Posted: Jun 24, 2009
 
     
2009
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Rolex Tour d'Excellance 2009

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'pohutakawa 2008'
Posted: Mar 25, 2011
 
     
2008
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GP401 at BDC Concours, 2008

 
     
     
  Source: Russell Browne
Posted: Jul 11, 2013
 
     
2006
In England in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
In USA in 2006 / Owned by an RROC member
July 1996
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"I hired this car in July 1996 as our Wedding car. Peter Presland was the kind and lovely owner and he chauffeured us from Ramsgate to Sandwich for our reception. I wished for the perfect car for our perfect day. We definitely had it!!"

 
     
     
  Source: Andy Graves
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
 
     
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  Source: 1001 Images of Cars by Jerome Bureau, 1993
Posted: Feb 01, 2007
 
     
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This is Woolf Barnato's 8-litre tourer. It is surrounded by much history including the fact that Barnato used this car for his honeymoon.

 
     
     
  Source: Richard C. Moss
Posted: Jan 05, 2007
 
     
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  Source: Bentley Cars: 1934-1939, R. M. Clarke, 1969
Posted: Feb 22, 2008
 
     
1933
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My Grandfather’s Bentley
This picture was taken in 1933. It shows Alex’s (From Society’s Choice) grandfather’s Bentley (8-litre from 1931). His grandmother is in the back seat. The picture was taken in Birchington, Kent, South East England.

The car is still in the family today and is owned by an uncle, who drives friend’s kids to their weddings, in the summer, as a treat for them and to keep the engine ticking over. It is absolutely beautiful and such a thrill to go for a drive in it.

 
     
     
  Source: Society's Choice Magazine
Posted: Apr 09, 2013
 
     
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  Source: Pinterest, posted by user 'Michal Sedivy'
Posted: Dec 14, 2017
 
     
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Chassis No. YR5095
Engine No. YR5095
Registration No. GP 401
Date of Delivery: Jun 1931
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Type of Car: 12
   
First Owner: BARNATO Capt W
 
     
  More Info: According to original Vanden Plas Coachbuilder records, this car was originally fitted with Body No. 1731 with a special 2-door, 4-seater Sports with copper moulding to Vanden Plas sketch 624; grey; 5/1931.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "F/8046. Vanden Plas body no. 1731. still fitted."
 
     
     
  Updated: Jul 06, 2007
Posted: Mar 01, 2007
 
     
 
 
 
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