There is really no other car like a Bentley sedan from the 1990s. Bentleys from this time offer a level of extreme luxury and best-of-market fit and finish, combined with performance that sets them apart from every other luxury manufacturer.
I have owned two of these cars and loved every single mile I covered in each. Arriving in this-era Bentley guarantees a premium parking spot at any restaurant or resort hotel no matter where in the world you happen to be. They exude the concept of British elegance, and the turbocharged models exude that elegance with a hammer.
The Pick of the Day is an end-of-run 1998 Bentley Brooklands, a very-low-mileage turbo sedan finished in Black lacquer paint over a Sandstone Connolly leather interior with Soft Tan piping.
The Brooklands was originally designed as the entry-level Bentley model when it was introduced in 1992 as a replacement for the outgoing Mulsanne. As the Brooklands evolved, it was offered with all the added luxury options standard on the top-of-the-line Turbo R, and in 1997, it gained a turbocharger as well.
The turbo transformed the Brooklands from a higher-level competitor to the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL sedan into something else entirely. It became a big 5,200-pound performance car that was capable of a 0-60 time of 8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 140 mph. Not bad for a plus-size sedan that weights almost twice as much as a Toyota Camry.
This Bentley is described by the in Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the sedan on ClassicCars.com as a 2-owner example that has covered fewer than 20,000 miles, making it all but a new car. Completely original and with documented service history, it is optioned with many Mulliner interior features including walnut-burl door panels.
In 1998, this Bentley Brooklands cost its original owner more than $156,000, which is confirmed by its original sales invoice, which is included along with all owner’s books and a complete tool kit.
The asking for this as-new Bentley is only $34,900, a mere fraction of the original MSRP. Don’t you love depreciation?
So, you might be thinking for that kind of money you could run out and buy a certified pre-owned Lexus LS, a luxury car that will never break and require almost no servicing while you own it. Or you can spend the same money and get this stunning masterpiece of a Bentley.
The choice depends on whether you see yourself as the kind of person who drives a Lexus LS or one who arrives in a Bentley. For me, there really is no choice.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.