The sumptuous Bentley Brooklands is a rare sight not only on the street, but also in the classifieds.
Built entirely by hand between 2008 and 2011 in a run of 430 units (though 550 were originally planned), the bespoke coupe continued Crewe’s long-standing tradition of coach-building and craftsmanship and is therefore considered the last “true” (that is, not using VW Group parts) Bentley coupe.
It is truly a modern classic guaranteed to shoot up in value in the coming years. Given the limited supply, it’s quite hard to find one for sale, let alone a very low mileage example.
Well, you can consider yourself lucky if you’re in the market for an immaculate Brooklands, because we’ve found one in The Netherlands with only 558 kilometers (346 miles) on the odometer. A left-hand-drive model, it is finished in Arctica white and comes fully loaded with extras.
On the outside, they include a dark stainless steel radiator grille, 20-inch Sixteen Spoke Alloy Wheels with a polished center, carbon ceramic brakes, retractable Flying “B” hood ornament, and a jeweled filler cap — yes, you could have that on a Brooklands. A Bentley Sports Suspension and xenon headlights are also fitted to this car.
While the exterior is rather understated, the cabin is as opulent as it gets. It features the Brooklands Diamond Quilting Package for the cream leather upholstery, a Mulliner two-tone leather steering wheel with piano lacquer veneer, drilled aluminum pedals, and carbon fiber panels on the doors and instrument panels.
The list of optional features also includes a NAIM Premium Audio system, parking sensors with reversing camera (useful on a 5.4-meter/212.6-in long car), voice control, iPod interface, valet key, and… four umbrellas. Does it get any more Brit than that?
Considering that it started at $340,990 in the U.S. (£230,000 in the UK) when new, it packs all the amenities you could think of in 2009. Highlights include cruise control, automatic climate control, power-adjustable everything, heated seats with memory and massage, navigation, Bluetooth, telephone, and much more.
Under the (very) long hood is an old-school 6.75-liter V8 that delivers 530 HP (537 PS) at 4,000 rpm and a monumental 1,050 Nm (774 lb-ft) of torque at 3,250 rpm. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the mighty engine allows the 2,655-kg (5,853-lbs) Brooklands to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 296 km/h (184 mph).
You can have this barely driven, 10-year-old Bentley for €229,500 (the equivalent of $258,700). Remarkably, despite the inevitable depreciation, it’s still more expensive than a brand new Continental GT. But it’s also much, much more special too…