1930 8 Litre Bentley – a similar one appeared briefly in my previous post and this is the best video I could find of this model. [The video is below]
This big Bentley has been fully restored, and was built before Rolls Royce took over the company when Bentley got into financial difficulties. WO Bentley was a brilliant engineer and his cars were looked upon as the best of the British, and Rolls Royce must have relished Bentley’s misfortune which allowed them to take over the company.
Rolls Royce then destroyed the moulds for the 8Litre engine because it was far superior to their engine. The Bentley engine was ahead of its time with 4 valves per cylinder, and overhead camshaft.
Bentleys were well represented on the race track and clocked up many wins and records. Some were fitted with a supercharger, but not by Bentley as he considered superchargers to be unreliable, and he was right and no Bentley fitted with a supercharger ever came first in a race.
Only 100 of these motors were built. It was Bentley’s practice once the one piece block and head were cast was to weather it outside for a year before machining it, but after the takeover according to a biography I read about W.O.Bentley many years ago, Rolls Royce tried to smash them but the high quality of the iron casting was such this became an impossible task and the engine blocks were dumped at sea.
Qualified as a Ships Engineer whatever Bentley built was built to last, and this is proven by the number of genuine Bentley’s that still exist today worldwide, most of which are still driven.
Click on the video below to see this car in action.
Whenever Bentley wanted more power he would build a bigger engine, the 8 litre was the biggest.
Special thanks to Cars That Rock for this video of a super car. Screen shots are from the video also