1931 Bent­ley 8-litre Sedanca de Ville

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

To many fol­low­ers of the mar­que, Bent­ley’s 8-litre is the com­pany’s finest prod­uct, but by the time it was launched the com­pany was al­ready in trou­ble, which ul­ti­mately saw it be­ing taken over by Roll­sRoyce. This car’s first owner, Lord Brougham & Vaux or­dered a two-seater model at the same time as this long-wheel­base eight litre with lux­u­ri­ous H J Mulliner body­work, with dealer Jack Bar­clay tak­ing his Lord­ship’s Speed Six in part-ex­change. This sedanca’s de­sign (the only 8-litre with this type of Mulliner body­work) hides its gen­er­ous pro­por­tions well. It’s his­tory records Brougham mov­ing it on af­ter one year (and 10,000 miles) and by the late 1950s it was in the Sword Col­lec­tion, from where it was sold in 1962. It re­turned to the UK in the 1990s and the ven­dor bought it in 2008. Con­sid­er­able spe­cial­ist work since the mid-2000s means this is a proper thor­ough­bred.

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