1989 BENTLEY MULSANNE S
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.
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.