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Bentley Eight
1984 - 1992



Number manufactured

My own counting: 1,734
Other sources: 1,734 and 1,736.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCBZS8004ECH08862 (1984).
Last chassis number: SCBZE02A9NCH44562 (1992).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

The same specifications as the Bentley Mulsanne with the exception of the weight: 2285 kg.

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- The Bentley Eight was a model that was brought to the market besides the Bentley Mulsanne. The model didn't succeed another model.
- The Eight was introduced as a more sporting model with a more competitive price (about 10% cheaper) and had to attract new customers.
- The Eight was not offered in a Long wheelbase version.

Original characteristics
- Wire meshed grille with stainless steel shell.
- No head lamp wipers.
- Dashboard of straight-grained walnut facia.
- The companion mirrors in the rear quarters have been left out.
- No lambswool rugs.
- Analogue clock and analogue outside temperature gauge.
- Bentley Eight badges.
- Stiffer front suspension than the Mulsanne to reduce body roll.

Model year 1986
- From 1980 up to and including 1985 the grille was ¼ inch higher than the bonnet. From model year 1986 that problem was settled.
- The distinctive wheel trims of the Mulsanne and Turbo R are optional for the Eight.

Model year 1989
- From model year 1989 on all Bentleys got paired round headlamps with high pressure jet washers.

Model year 1990
- Driver's airbag as an option.

Model year 1992
- From model year 1992 on all models have a GM 4L80-E four-speed automatic gearbox.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Bentley Eight has up to and including 1986:
- the digit 8 on the sixth position
- a number between 08862 and 16852.

The chassis number of a Bentley Eight has from 1987:
- the letter E on the fifth position
- a number between 16853 and 16970.
- a number between 21001 and 27798 (model years 1988 and 1989)
- a number between 31008 and 36282 (model years 1990 and 1991)
- a number between 44022 and 44562 (model year 1992).

Further details about the production and the chassis numbers
- The chassis numbers in the years 1980 up to and including 1989 are assigned in batches. Batches exist for the standard saloon models (Silver Spirit, Mulsanne), the long wheelbase models (Silver Spur, Bentley LWB), the turbo models (Mulsanne Turbo, Turbo R), the Bentley Eight, the convertibles (Corniche, Continental), the Camargues and the Phantoms VI.
- The Bentley Eight is numbered in separate batches in the years 1984 up to and including 1989.
- The chassis numbers in the years 1990 up to and including 2003 are assigned in separate series per model type (often per model year as well) or in separate series per model. A model type stands for e.g. the standard saloon models (Silver Spirit, Brooklands), the long wheelbase models (Silver Spur, Bentley LWB), the 2-door coupé models (Continental R, Continental T, et cetera).
- In 1990 and 1991 the numbers of the following models are mixed within the same series of numbers: Silver Spirit II, Silver Spur II, Bentley Turbo R, Bentley Turbo R LWB, Bentley Mulsanne S, Bentley Mulsanne SL, Bentley Eight, Rolls-Royce Mulliner Spur.
- In 1992 the numbers of the following models are mixed within the same series of numbers: Silver Spirit II, Silver Spur II, Bentley Turbo R, Bentley Turbo R LWB, Bentley Mulsanne S, Bentley Mulsanne SL, Bentley Eight.

Series of numbers and unused numbers
- In the years 1985 up to and including 1989 no numbers are assigned to a Bentley Eight between 10111 and 12000, between 16971 and 20000 and between 27799 and 31000. Between 27799 and 31000 series of numbers are assigned to other models (Corniche, Continental).

Numbers LHD / RHD

Left-hand drive

Right-hand drive

Model year

Number

% (p yr)

Number

% (p yr)

Total

1984-1989

-

-

1273

1990

118

49%

121

51%

239

1991

85

49%

87

51%

172

1992

21

42%

29

58%

50

Total

-

-

1,734

Some chassis numbers

Model years 1984 until 1991 are not listed below.

Model year 1992
SCBZE00A6NCH44022
SCBZE02A5NCX44040
SCBZE02D8NCX44060
SCBZE02A5NCX44068
SCBZE00AXNCX44070
SCBZE02D1NCX44076
SCBZE02A5NCX44085
SCBZE02A4NCX44126
SCBZE02D0NCX44165
SCBZE02A2NCX44173
SCBZE00A6NCH44179
SCBZE00A4NCH44195
SCBZE02A9NCX44199
SCBZE02D3NCX44208
SCBZE02D2NCX44250
SCBZE00A2NCH44261
SCBZE02DXNCX44271
SCBZE00AXNCH44279
SCBZE00A9NCH44287
SCBZE00A0NCH44291
SCBZE00A3NCH44303
SCBZE00A7NCH44319
SCBZE00A5NCH44335
SCBZE00A0NCH44341
SCBZE00A6NCH44389


SCBZE02A2NCX44402
SCBZE00A0NCH44405
SCBZE02A0NCX44415
SCBZE00A9NCH44421
SCBZE00AXNCH44430
SCBZE00A5NCH44433
SCBZE00A9NCH44435
SCBZE00A1NCH44459
SCBZE00A1NCH44462
SCBZE00A4NCX44467
SCBZE00A5NCH44478
SCBZE00A2NCH44485
SCBZE00AXNCH44492
SCBZE02DXNCX44495
SCBZE00A0NCH44498
SCBZE00A8NCH44507
SCBZE00AXNCH44511
SCBZE02D2NCX44524
SCBZE00A3NCH44530
SCBZE00A8NCX44536
SCBZE02DXNCX44545
SCBZE00A4NCH44553
SCBZE02D4NCX44556
SCBZE02A9NCH44559
SCBZE02A9NCH44562



Bentley Eight, model year 1985, press photos
(picture above and pictures below).






Bentley Eight, model year 1989, press photo (below).




Bentley Eight, model year 1990, press photos (below).








Bentley Eight, model year 1991, press photos (below).









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