1989 BENT­LEY MUL­SANNE S

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Mg-Morris - Nathan Chad­wick

EN­GINE 6750cc/V8/OHV POWER 201bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 339lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 129mph 0-60MPH 9.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 11-18mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 38,000 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

From the mo­ment the en­gine thrums into life it’s clear that this is a well cared-for ex­am­ple. Snick the col­umn-mounted shifter into ‘D’, guide that long bon­net on to the road and ef­fort­lessly surge for­wards. It’s like a com­fort­able arm­chair with wheels. The steer­ing feels tight and pre­cise. There are no pe­cu­liar noises em­a­nat­ing from the sus­pen­sion, and the rear doesn’t hop about over bumps.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The blue paint­work is in good con­di­tion, though there are mi­nor ar­eas that need a lit­tle at­ten­tion. There’s un­der-paint cor­ro­sion around the boot latch and just above the bumper, and there are small ar­eas of cor­ro­sion un­der the rear pas­sen­ger door han­dle. Else­where a few nicks have been painted in, leav­ing colour mis­matches. The tyres are match­ing Avon Tur­boS­teels, and all have a good level of tread. Kerb­ing dam­age is present to both near­side wheels and the front off­side, though noth­ing other than a cos­metic con­cern. The chrome is largely free from scratches and the rub­ber ex­te­rior trim doesn’t look faded, though some is com­ing away from the pas­sen­ger side.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The pen­chant for light metal­lic blue con­tin­ues in­side. The leather shows just a gen­tle patina of age and only mi­nor, marks. The head­lin­ing is in good con­di­tion and the cen­tre con­sole is free from scratches. The af­ter­mar­ket Sony CD player is a lit­tle at odds with the gen­teel sur­round­ings, but this is a mi­nor nig­gle. Of more con­cern are the win­dow ve­neers, which are ei­ther crack­ing or about to – a com­mon is­sue with Bent­leys of this era. There are jobs to be done here, then, but noth­ing to pre­vent you from im­me­di­ately en­joy­ing the car.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine is in fine con­di­tion through­out and all of the pres­sures and tem­per­a­tures are at their cor­rect points on the di­als. The en­gine bay ex­hibits a light splat­ter­ing of cor­ro­sion, but all the flu­ids are clean and up to the max­i­mum mark and there is no ev­i­dence of any of them mak­ing a break for free­dom. There is par­tial ser­vice his­tory from the car’s five own­ers, and the MoT his­tory backs up the mileage. It was sold by JCT800 and reg­u­larly ser­viced there.

THE CCW VIEW

The Mul­sanne S is an in­ter­est­ing cu­rio. If you had no need for the Turbo R’s epic thrust, but fan­cied a bit of its su­pe­rior road­hold­ing and han­dling pre­ci­sion, it made good sense – espe­cially as a Mul­sanne was two thirds the price of a Turbo R. Though Turbo Rs and Mul­sannes share an even pric­ing range these days, the Mul­sanne S makes a good com­pro­mise. This car does have a few blem­ishes, but noth­ing that would stop a prospec­tive owner from step­ping in and sim­ply en­joy­ing it.

PROS Good, us­able car, drives well CONS Some jobs to be done, lim­ited his­tory

BUY IT FROM Kim Cairns Clas­sics, Snet­tisham, Nor­folk PE31 7PF 01485 541526, www.kim­cairn­sclas­sics.co.uk

EX­TE­RIOR Mi­nor blem­ishes IN­TE­RIOR Charm­ing patina Wood is­sues ME­CHAN­I­CALS In good or­der En­gine bay could be pret­tier

ASK­ING £15,995 PRICE

Lots of wood, but some of it is be­gin­ning to crack.

It’s tidy enough un­der the bon­net, with healthy flu­ids.

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