Bent­ley Brook­lands

Look­ing for a bit of a tax-ex­empt lux­ury in your life? You could do a lot worse than this splen­did long-wheel­base Bent­ley

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Calum Brown

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.

BODYWORK CHECK

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.

OUR VER­DICT

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.

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