15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
  Lot 121
 

1985 Bentley Mulsanne
No Reserve

Sold for £9,562

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: HIL 9036
Chassis No: SCBZS0003ECH0886
MOT: March 2024

  • In current ownership since May 2012
  • Known to the vendor and maintained by him at his specialist's garage for over 35 years
  • Ordered new with special order Bird's Eye Maple veneers and armrest tops in contrasting Spruce leather
  • Well-known in local R-REC/BDC circles

Styled in-house by Austrian born Fritz Feller, the Bentley Mulsanne had somewhat less fussy lines than its T2 predecessor. Introduced in 1980, its greater road presence masked a larger glass area. While it looked suitably imposing from the outside, internally it proved pleasantly airy. Although, based on the Shadow/T2 floor plan, the Mulsanne offered considerable improvements in both ride and handling thanks to its new Girling automatic ride-height control and gas shock absorbers. Copious amounts of sound deadening combined with the finest quality upholstery kept intrusion from the 6.75-litre V8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission to a muted hush unless the model's full 120mph potential was explored. Driver inputs were minimised with power-assisted steering and disc brakes. Launched in October 1987, the Mulsanne 'S' benefited from firmer, more sporting suspension and a new centre console design (the latter feature donated by the Turbo R). Fitted with alloy wheels as standard, the new model gained quad headlamps in September 1988. Only in production for five years, a mere 909 standard wheelbase cars are thought to have been made.

This Bentley Mulsanne was first registered in January 1985. The first owner must have been a seasoned Rolls-Royce or Bentley customer as this Bentley is very well specified indeed. Apart from being finished in a non-Metallic Dark Green with a Beige Connolly leather interior piped in Spruce and Dark Green Wilton carpets and over rugs, the car sports a few special order items, such as a Spruce leather dashboard, very rare Bird’s Eye Maple veneers and armrest tops in Spruce leather. It has also been sympathetically updated by the fitment of the later style twin headlamps, a newer steering wheel and Bentley Brooklands-type alloy wheels. The current vendor, who has known and looked after the Mulsanne for the last 35 years, acquired the Bentley in May 2012 but is now selling the car due to retirement. The Mulsanne is accompanied by a history file containing a collection of invoices, an owner's manual, partial tool kit, keys and a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
julian.pinkster@handh.co.uk
07889 223 904

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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