West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California 1996 Bentley Brooklands Sedan in this most desirable and highly striking gorgeous color combination of 'Black' (Code 9531101) exterior paint with a luxurious 'Black Leather with Forest Green Piping Hides' virtually flawless and simply stunning interior with a matching Black Leather Headliner and factory optional extras including a Top Roll, Instrument Board Roll, Underdash Trim and Radio, Surround in Black, Rear Parcel Shelf in Black, Hide Leather Headlining, Tinted windows, Chrome Wing Badges & Boot Badges and chrome Turbo R wheels! An uncompromising head-turner which never fails to get compliments from all who see her!
The name 'Brooklands' has been synomynous with Bentley since its beginnings and its name refers to the legendary racetrack in Weybridge, England which just happened to be the worlds first known purpose built motor racing circuit and in later years one of England's first airfields and Britain's largest aircraft manufacturing center. It opened in 1907 with a formal inauguration of 43 cars including one driven by the renown Charles Rolls and over the years held 24 hour events and was the venue for numerous automobile world race and distance records and in its heyday could host up to 287,000 spectators for its legendary races. It hosted its last race in 1939 and today is a major aviation and motoring museum and venue for classic car and motorcycle events. The Indianaplois Motor Speedway drew inspiration from Brooklands and was built soon afterwards holding its inaugural race in 1909.
The Bentley Brooklands was introduced in 1992 as a luxurious replacement for the Mulsanne and Bentley Eight models with a 6.75 litre Rolls Royce V8 engine and with prices starting at around $156K (over $235K today) and which lasted until 1997 when it was replaced by the Bentley Arnage (1998-2009) when for the first time since the 1950's the 6.75L Rolls Royce/Bentley engine was replaced with a BMW 4.4L twin turbo V8 engine. In 2008 the Brooklands name was again revived for the fixed head Hardtop Coupe version of the Bentley Azure as a successor to the now discontinued Bentley Continental R & T Coupes.
This particular example was recently acquired from its most recent southern California owner who meticulously maintained the car at renown local Santa Monica independent Rolls Royce & Bentley specialists and will be sold with all its original owners manuals, tools and dealer service booklet.
Finished in its original and most highly striking of color combinations with striking chrome badging and wheels and in absolutely outstanding condition with the original and magnificent Black Leather interior and burled walnut woodwork in absolutely beautiful condition throughout. All the power options and electric windows are working as they should and the air conditioning system blows cold air!
This obviously always extraordinarily well maintained and always garaged car runs extremely strong and these cars are not slow - the engine purrs like a kitten, never stalls or idles rough and is extremely reliable - there is plenty of power to pull away at the lights and it cruises at high speeds with absolute ease. The transmission shift is almost imperceptibly smooth and the temperature always remains cool.
Without a doubt you will look long and hard to find a more striking Bentley! This is one of the last in the original line of cars hand built in the legendary Rolls Royce/Bentley Crewe factory with a quality and craftsmanship that far surpasses that of today's mass produced models with many BMW parts. Finished in this stunning and classic color combination, this is indeed a rare opportunity to own a piece of classic automotive history, from a time when Rolls Royce/Bentley was truly building the world's finest automobiles - a great investment for the Bentley enthusiast or collector or simply an outstandingly striking example of a very rare and unusual Bentley for the discerning luxury classic car owner!