One of W.O. Bentley’s final creations, a stunning 1930 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer, will go under the auctioneer’s gavel on Sunday, October 11 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, with an estimate of $775,000 – 875,000.
The luxurious tourer was considered W.O Bentley’s masterpiece and a direct competitor to the third and last of Rolls-Royce’s 40/50 hp models, the Rolls-Royce Phantom II. As an 8-litre, it was the largest-engined car in Great Britain at the time and capable of top speeds exceeding the magical ‘ton’, ‘without noise’ as the company’s advertising claimed.
Success was immediate but cut short following the worldwide depression sparked by the Wall Street Crash which subsequently led to Bentley’s bankruptcy and its forced controversial sale to Rolls-Royce.
Delivered new to the Sociéte Européene Bentley Automobiles SA near Paris, this particular example and No. 13 of only 100 built was used an early works demonstrator on the continent. It was fitted with a fashionable close-coupled sports saloon body by renowned French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik and was shown at various Concours d’Élégances around France.
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With the sale of the Bentley company, the demonstrator was sold to Jack Barclay, the famed London Bentley dealer, where it was bought by a prominent British politician, Sir John Jarvis, who oversaw the fitting of new ‘Haute Couture’ All-weather Tourer body by the prestigious coachbuilder Hooper.
The impressive 8-Liter made its way to the USA in the 50s and was acquired by the notable Bentley collector Norris Allen of St Louis, Missouri who decided to restore it in a more sporting configuration with an open, four-seater Tourer body by Swallow Coachbuilding in Coventry, England, its third and final incarnation.
Having lately been well maintained in the climate-controlled collection by a prominent East Coast collector as of late, this glamorous Bentley is ready again to appear at Concours d’Élégances around the world.
More information on this sale can be found via this link.
### UPDATE – SOLD FOR Sold for £676,850 ###