1989 Bentley Eight
From a deceased estate; current owner 13 years; excellent service history; very tempting!
Rolls-Royce had begun the revival of the Bentley marque as a high performance car with the introduction of the Mulsanne Turbo in 1982. Launched just two years later, the normally aspirated Eight was intended to attract a younger generation of buyers to the newly resurgent marque. Visually distinguished by its racy wire mesh radiator grille – a reference to the stoneguards worn by the W.O. Le Mans cars – it proved a more sporting drive than its Mulsanne sibling thanks to specially stiffened front suspension and sharper steering.
Powered by Crewe's wonderful 6.75 litre V8 engine mated to three-speed automatic transmission, it was capable of 130mph. Gaining fuel injection and ABS brakes in 1986, the Eight was a conspicuous success and went on to sell 1,736 examples worldwide before production ceased in 1992.
Supplied new by Harwoods of Pulborough in November 1989, this Bentley Eight is finished in Royal Blue with magnolia leather piped in blue. Equipment includes active ride, EFI, ABS, cruise control, parking sensors, heated front seats and lambswool over-mats.
It has covered 94,670 miles to date in the hands of six owners, our vendor acquiring it from marque specialists JK Seymour Ltd of Leeds in December 2009 for £11,950 when it had covered 70k miles and was advertised as being "maintained to the highest standards; superb throughout". The service book has 16 stamps, the last at 76,921 miles in 2011, giving an average service interval of just 4,800 miles up to that point.
During his 13-year ownership our vendor has continued to look after the car very well, as shown by many invoices on file. There are bills for at least four services, the oil and filter being last changed 2,400 miles ago in 2018. Other bills of note include: Waxoil treated in 2010; all four wheels refurbished in June 2014; new drive belts in December 2014; new rear damper in March 2016 ; new rear suspension gas spheres in March 2017; new PAS cooler, oil cooler and ATF fluid in August 2017; a £3,400 spend in August 2018 which included new rear axle oil seals, new rear crank oil seals, new auto transmission pan gasket, reconditioned steering rack and a new water pump; air con service and new compressor in September 2018; new Avon tyres in 2019.
There are 13 old MOTs from 2007 (at 68k miles) onwards, the last having expired in March 2020 with no advisories. All the original handbooks are present in the original leather wallet. As you can see in the photos, it is in generally good order throughout with a lovely interior and good bodywork apart from a few rust bubbles on the bottom of the boot lid. On offer here from a deceased estate, it has been parked up in a dry garage for the last couple of years but has been starting easily with a jump pack and running very sweetly as we have moved it around on site.
Beautifully made by proper craftsmen and capable of turning every journey into an occasion, this Bentley looks an absolute steal at the modest guide price suggested.
Documents: V5C; 13 old MOTs; invoices; service book with 16 stamps; handbooks
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
Reg No: GJZ7821
Chassis Number: SCBZE00A2LCH31538
Engine Number: 70654L410I/NEL
Engine Size: 6750CC
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