For Sale: 1931 Bentley Speed 8 in St. Louis, Missouri


Vehicle Description

Remarkable Bentley Speed 8 by Racing Green Engineering LTD! Unbelievable attention to detail, superior build quality, and striking appearance everyone you look! Large 6.5L B81 straight 8 cylinder engine with 4 SU Type H6 carburetors mated to a 4-speed manual transmission! Very rare, very hard to acquire, and a delight for rally tours!� Eligible for Bentley Drivers Club Limited events! It was well know that W.O. Bentley set out to build a great car, that had to be best in class and, of course, fast. With a background in engineering, strongly associated to the aero industry, joining his brother in the automotive section only seems to be a perfect fit.� A very successful 6 � Liter six cylinder engine series was available in various body configurations, and by 1928, WO's personal favorite vehicle was introduced as the Speed Six, a sportier road version tuned with performance camshaft, twin carburetion, and higher compression ratio.� The full race tuned version of the Speed Six proved very successful winning LeMans in 1929 & 1930.� It was available in both long and short wheelbase configurations, with production totaling only 182 units. The gorgeous design of W.O.'s Speed 6 continues to be admired by all auto enthusiasts today, and this did not go unnoticed by United Kingdom based Racing Green Engineering Ltd. They reproduced its timeless style using a fully refurbished Bentley Mark 6 as the chassis platform and brilliantly duplicate the LeMans body lines using the same ash wood frame construction with aluminum panel overlay and padded Rexine covering.� Their coachwork, simply put, is second to none with truly exemplary finish work down to the smallest detail.� Calling their version the "B Special Speed 8", this particular example utilizes the very rare 141" long wheelbase platform from original 1952 Bentley chassis #P34PV with a B81 Straight 8 6.5L engine fitted with quadruple SU H6 carburetion, wet sump lubrication system, remote oil filter, and twin electric fuel pumps!� This 8 cylinder power plant produces an estimated 165bhp and 200 lb. ft. of torque exhaling through a large-bore straight through stainless steel exhaust system!� It makes the most amazing noise whether idling or under heavy throttle.� A Bentley 4-speed manual transmission offers synchromesh in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears. A gorgeous engine tuned aluminum dash supplies excellent mechanical feedback through an array of instrumentation, along with twin Brooklands windscreens that double as side wind wings, leaving a folding main windshield fitted with electric wipers. A true aircraft inspired cockpit is lavishly draped in green Connelly leather with matching green Wilton close woven carpets also bound in leather.� Door and map pockets are detailed with an embroidered "B", along with beautiful matching step plates at each entry door and flying mascot atop the radiator.� The driver & navigator are treated to custom bucket seats and rope-wrapped steering wheel and grab handle. This vehicle has far too much to soak in visually by way of craftsmanship to properly detail here in written form. From the nickel-plated radiator shell & other bright work, to the level of detail by matching the angle of the screw heads everywhere you look, this really is a drivable piece of rolling art!� The polished aluminum firewall, air cleaner & carb assembles, valve cover, and distributor heat shield along with copper fuel & coolant lines all add to the jewel-like appearance inside the engine compartment.� Note the extra spark plugs & coil as spare equipment for rally & tour events.� Our example is further equipped with a 35 gallon long range fuel tank, mesh stone guards around headlamps, fog lamps, & gas tank, Luvax-Bijour chassis lubrication system, finned brake drums with ventilated fronts (hydraulic front/mechanical servo-assisted rear), complete rewiring to a fully fused 12-volt negative ground electrical system, 21" Rudge-Whitworth wheels (5), rear fender rock guards, upgraded front & rear road springs, 12-blade cooling fan, rear cargo compartment, quick release/locking gas cap, and so much more! Also included with this vehicle is a full canvass folding top assembly, full cabin tonneau cover, boot cover, and all import paperwork from Europe. It was originally built for a client in Ratingen, Germany with delivery in July 2011.� Immediately upon completion, the car was examined by Bentley Drivers Club Limited Eligibility Committee and confirmed to be built using original, period Bentley/Rolls Royce components over 45 years old. �At that time, the odometer reading read 84,374kms, and today reads 86,937kms equaling just 2,563kms (1,592 miles) driven.� Also included is the original Bentley Certificate of Construction & Technical Specification for the original donor car, original UK registration documentation, �German registration paperwork, and first mechanical service receipt completed by Racing Green Engineering 3 months after being built.� It has been tour tested in Europe before coming to the United States in March 2016.� It is a remarkable collection piece, fine investment for the open motoring enthusiast, and robust factory built car that is truly additive to drive! �Please feel welcome to call with questions.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1015868
  • Price:$374,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1931
  • Make:Bentley
  • Model:Speed 8
  • Exterior Color:British Racing Green
  • Odometer:1592
  • Stock Number:3247
  • VIN:B34PV