Lot 374 - 1987 Bentley Eight
|Odometer reading||76,000 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £7,000|
Bentley Motors Limited was founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just 'W O'. Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. After the war W. O. Bentley designed and made production cars that won the 24 hours Le Mans in 1924 and following models which repeated those successes each June 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Woolf Barnato acquired his first Bentley (a 3-litre) in 1925, just 12 months before he also acquired the business itself. With this car he won numerous Brooklands races. He was a member of a social set of wealthy British motorists known as the 'Bentley Boys' who favoured the cars of W.O. Bentley. After being purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, when production was moved from London to Derby and later to Crewe, the company was subsequently sold to the Volkswagen Group in 1998. The business is still based in Crewe, with their main vehicle production facilities located there.
This particular Bentley Eight was registered on 23rd March 1987, finished in Forest Green with beige leather trim. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a MoT test certificate valid until June 2012, together with a good degree of service history, mainly carried out by marque specialists and showing a documented odometer change at 56,000 miles, this is a fine example of a very affordable Bentley. Fuel injection and power memory seats are featured on this 1997 specification model. With the striking chrome grill complemented by 'the flying B' and the pride of owning such a Bentley, this represents a very affordable piece of British motoring luxury.
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