Looking for a bit of a tax-exempt luxury in your life? You could do a lot worse than this splendid long-wheelbase Bentley
WHAT’s IT like TO DRIVE?
The Bentley’s accelerator pedal yields impressive performance from a standstill without objection, while imperfections in the road are dispatched without so much as a whiff of complaint from the suspension. The steering is firm and without play, while the brakes bring all 2.3 tonnes to a firm halt without hesitation. The high seating position makes any jaunt through town a breeze, and the automatic transmission has no trouble keeping pace at motorway speeds.
The paintwork on the rust-free body is a rare traditional blend of dark Bentley Green and has worn well. There are no nasty surprises when scrutinising the body panels, with all of the chromework in great condition and with no signs of fogging or other imperfections. Both front and rear bumpers appear solid, while the underside is damage-free. The original coachwork stripe is unbroken and the wheels are in good order, with plenty of tread left on the tyres.
HOW’s THE INTERIOR?
There’s an ample number of gauges, dials and details to keep you entertained, with the good news that they all work, as does the air-conditioning, electric windows and other niceties. The factory-fitted cassette player is also in working order. The carpets and seats are in fine fettle, with minimal signs of wear, while the headlining is taut and free of unsightly marks or sags. The veneer holds no splits or scratches, and the leather trim around the dashboard is neat and tidy, with no signs of scuffs or fraying.
UNDER THE BONNET
The vast giant of an engine doesn’t present you with hostile smells, worrying noises or leaks. All fluids are at the maximum mark, in line with the regular and extensive servicing this Bentley has undergone. The gearbox is a later floor-change four-speed automatic. With only two owners in its 23-year life, every aspect of the mechanicals has been taken care of to the highest degree through a Bentley main dealer. Every mile can be traced through service and warranty books still encased in their original leather holder, along with a spare key fob. As a bonus, the car is fresh from a full service at Mulsanne Motors.
As an unrestored example, this Bentley Brooklands has got to be seen to be believed. While prices of these fine slabs of British engineering won’t get any cheaper, there are rattier examples out there for slightly less money. For stress-free motoring in a top-notch Bentley, little comes close to this beast.