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Bentley 8 Litre (1930 - 1931)


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. 100 of these cars were produced.

Bentley 8 Litre, 1931, H.J. Mulliner Saloon

Wheelbase 3962 mm 156 in  
Track front 1422 mm 56 in  
rear 1422 mm 56 in  
Length 5410 mm 213 in  
Width 1740 mm 68.5 in  
Kerb weight 2540 kg 5600 lb  
Type S-6
12 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore stroke 110.00mm 140.00mm
4.33 in 5.51 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.79
Displacement 7983 cc
(487.153 cu in)
Unitary capacity 1330.5 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 5.10:1
Fuel system 2 SU carbs
Aspiration Normal
Max. output 202.8 PS (200.0 bhp) (149.1 kW)
@3500 rpm
Coolant Water
Specific output 25.1 bhp/litre
0.41 bhp/cu in
0-50mph (80 km/h) 10.00s
Top speed 177 km/h
Power-to-weight 78.74 bhp/ton
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Drive RWD