Wed, 19th Jun 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 29

1998 Bentley Brooklands R Mulliner

Sold for £24,469

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: R460LPD
Chassis No: SCBZF28C8WCH66894
Mot Expiry: May 2020

- No.91 of only 100 long wheelbase Mulliner R special edition examples

- 31,600 recorded miles and current ownrship for 12 years

- Offered with service history and MOT'd into May 2020

Further info:

This rare Brooklands is No.91 of only 100 long wheelbase Mulliner R special edition examples produced, as confirmed by the numbered facia plaque. The run celebrated the model prior to its replacement by the Arnage. The many special features included: two-tone electric seats; 18 inch single spokelet alloy wheels; mesh-capped wing vents; body coloured door mirrors; oval exhaust tailpipe; chrome instrument bezels and gear knob; perforated hide trimmed sports steering wheel; dark burr walnut woodwork; drilled brake pedal; and Bentley wings on the head restraints. The edition's unique version of Bentley's LPT V8 engine produced 325bhp. 'R40 LPD' is finished in a distinctive Purplish shade of Metallic Blue matched to contrasting Cream hide interior trim. It's had a total of six owners to date, the most recent of whom has retained it for the last 12 years, during which time it has accrued just 3,000 of its 31,600 total. It comes complete with: lots of history confirming Bentley dealer servicing until 2009 and by independent specialists from 2010; book pack; and MOT valid into May 2020. The vendor presently considers the bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, V8 engine and automatic transmission to all be in 'excellent' order.

The renaissance of the Bentley brand started with the Mulsanne of 1980. It was named after the famous straight at Le Mans - the scene of five classic Bentley victories in the vintage years. In 1992, the Mulsanne (and Bentley Eight) were replaced by the Brooklands that, continuing the motorsport theme, took its title from the awesome banked British circuit that also saw many a Bentley triumph prior to WWII. The newcomer was intended as a more affordable alternative to the mighty Turbo R, and featured basically the same overall styling, sporting underpinnings and well-proven 6.75-litre V8 engine; the obvious difference being that it was initially normally aspirated.

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