Bent­ley Eight

This un­re­stored Bent­ley is in great over­all con­di­tion, with just a light bit of spruc­ing up needed to cre­ate a won­der­ful clas­sic

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nathan Chad­wick

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This may have been the en­try-level Bent­ley and a fair bit less ex­pen­sive than the Mulsanne when new, but it wants for noth­ing in terms of re­fine­ment. Fir­ing up that big 6.75-litre V8 elic­its only a mi­nor hum. The steer­ing wheel-mounted gearshift moves into ‘D’ with­out any clonks, and on the move even ma­jor flaws in the road are dealt with softly, smoothly and with­out any noise through the cabin or pe­cu­liar sounds from the sus­pen­sion. The stop­pers are good, too, pulling the car up in a straight line and quickly with it – it has re­cently had its anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem fet­tled as part of a re­cent ser­vice. The Eight was al­ways about leisurely rather than spir­ited progress. En­gage kick­down and a fair lick can be achieved, but re­ally this is a ma­chine for glid­ing.

BODYWORK CHECK

The Cotswold Beige paint presents well, but as this is an un­re­stored car there are a few signs of age­ing. There’s a small amount of sur­face rust at ei­ther side of the front and rear bumpers, where the metal meets the rubber over­rid­ers. This will be sorted be­fore the car is sold. The chrome­work is in good con­di­tion, with no fog­ging, warp­ing or bob­bles present. There is some lead crack­ing to the boot panel and the rear three-quar­ters, as well as a mi­nor park­ing ding and a filled-in mark on the rear pas­sen­ger’s side panel and some touched-in scratches on the door edges. How­ever, the door seals are in good con­di­tion and the tyres have lots of tread left.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The in­te­rior is in fine con­di­tion, with only very mi­nor wear to the seats clad in mushroom hide. The doors open and close with­out any pe­cu­liar noises, and the burr wal­nut ve­neer has no scratches or cracks. The padded pic­nic ta­bles don’t look used, and the Blaupunkt Bre­men tape/ cas­sette is fully op­er­a­tional, as is the air­con.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The vast en­gine is well-pre­sented, with flu­ids at the max­i­mum mark, and there are no leaks to be found any­where. The pa­per­work points to reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing at a main dealer un­til 1993 and from spe­cial­ists and deal­ers from 2000. While there’s lit­tle pa­per­work from the in­be­tween years, the mileage is backed up by MoT re­sults. It has cov­ered less that 700 miles since 2007.

OUR VER­DICT

For an un­re­stored car, this ex­am­ple is well­p­re­sented, a tes­ta­ment to the tiny mileage the pre­vi­ous owner put on the car over 14 years. As such, it feels like it only needs mi­nor re­fresh­ing to bring up to concours stan­dard, or you could en­joy it ev­ery day as it is.

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66000 ASK­ING PRICE

£12,500

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