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1931 Bentley 8 Litre
Chassis No. YM5044
Engine No. YM5044
Registration No. GX 6152
 
2008
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NAVBM, 2008

NAVBM, 2008

Vermont and Long Island Rally, 2008
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Picasa, posted by user 'Steve' & 'Brenda'
Posted: Jul 11, 2014
 
     
November 2008
 

William Ruger, Jr. of New Hampshire, USA is the current owner of YM5044.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
2008
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Car on left

Bill Ruger Jr. playing
with reg GX6152
 
 

These photographs were taken by Edward LaBounty during the 2008 NAVBM.

 
     
     
  Source: Edward LaBounty
Updated: Dec 01, 2008
Updated: Nov 24, 2008
Posted: Oct 03, 2008
 
     
 

The car in the above photographs has been identified as Chassis no: YM5044 by Olle Ljungström. — Oct 16, 2008

 
 
August 2007
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  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
March 2007
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At Amelia Island in March 2007. YM5044 was awarded the Most Elegant Bentley trophy.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
March 2007
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These photographs were taken at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Mar. 9-11, 2007.

 
     
     
  Source: Concept Carz
Posted: Sep 13, 2007
 
     
2006
In USA in 2006 / Owned by a BDC member
Prior to 2004
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Prior to Christies 2004 auction.

"YM5044 next saw the light of day in 2004 when Mr. Roberts, then in his eighties, decided that he would never drive the car again. Mr. Roberts was interviewed for an article in the June 2004 issue of "Octane" magazine. It was then that YM5044 was unearthed and prepared for the Christies auction. In the article he confirmed the original color of the car, why he bought it, the modifications he made and the competitions he entered."

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
1956
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At Firle Hillclimb in 1956.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
September 1956
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At Brighton Speed Trials 1 September 1956.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
September 1955
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YM5044, on right, in competition in September of 1955.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
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At BDC Silverstone.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
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"Before the restoration, when the hood was erected YM5044 has an unfortunate clumsy appearance. The hood fabric was affixed to the rear body work in front of the hood stowage compartment lid. It appears as if its design and placement was an afterthought."

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
1954 - 1960
 

The third change in the first log book shows an ownership change to Mr. David Edmund Cleaton Roberts c/o Westminster Bank Ltd, 84 Kensington High St., London W.8, date stamped by the London County Council on September 12, 1954. The London C. C. road taxes for 1955 to December 31, 1959 are shown as paid by Mr. Roberts. It is interesting to note that full-year road taxes were paid through 1956. Starting in 1957, payment of the road tax was made quarterly. The last recorded payment on October 12, 1959 for road tax through December 31, 1959. It is a fair assumption that YM5044 was taken off the road starting on or about January 1, 1960.

There is a final change on the duplicate log book showing an address change for Mr. Roberts to 5 Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0LX. It is signed by Mr. Roberts but is not date stamped. In light of the assumption that TM5044 was taken off the road as of 1960, the car remained in storage in the ownership of Mr. Roberts for 44 years. The log book's data questions the 37-year storage that has been mentioned in the Christies catalogue and the articles in "The Automobile" and "Octane".

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
1952 - 1954
 

The second change in the log book shows that a new owner, Henry Russell Jones, Ty Derwen, Llanfair. D. C, Ruthin, North Wales, registered YM5044 with the Denbigh County Council on 19 July 1952. Mr. Jones paid the road tax for 1952 (£29.10.9), 1953 and 1954 (£12.10.0 each).

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
1932 - 1952
 

YM5044, was registered in the name of Edward Clifford Prescott, 10 Heathview Gardens, Putney Health, SW 15 on 11/5/1932 by the London County Council. The first change noted in the original logbook shows a change of address for Mr. Prescott. Mr. Prescott moved to Westhorpe Lodge, Westhorpe, Showmarket, East Suffolk. He registered the car with the East Suffolk County Council on 17 April, 1952.

 
     
     
  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
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  Source: Article "Original-Bodied Vintage Bentleys in America" by Matthew A. Sysak ©
Posted: Nov 03, 2008
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. YM5044
Engine No. YM5044
Registration No. GX 6152
Date of Delivery: May 1932
Type of Body: Tourer
Coachbuilder: LANCEFIELD
Type of Car: 13
   
First Owner: No info
 
     
  More Info: Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "F/8091"  
     
     
  Posted: Mar 01, 2007  
     
 
 
 
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Feb 19, 2018 - Info and photograph received from Dean Montgomery for his Chassis No. VA4084
Feb 17, 2018 - Info and photograph received from Lionel Burrell for his Chassis No. 110
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