This car was sold new at the Bentley dealer in Naples, Florida, and priced at $360,985. It is in excellent condition with only 8,409 miles driven from new, and comes complete with its original books and tools. The Brooklands comes with many standard features, but an additional $12,500 was added for these factory options:
Finished in Diamond Black with its Beluga interior, it will always be elegantly fashionable for everything from formal to sporting events.
After contributing the BR1 and BR2 aero engines to the war effort, W.O. Bentley formed Bentley Motors Ltd. on January 18, 1919. The 1920s was a golden era, but with little more than a decade producing passenger cars and race cars that won Le Mans in 1924 and consecutively from 1927 to through 1930, Bentley Motors Ltd. went into receivership and was clandestinely purchased by Rolls-Royce Limited in 1931. After WWII Rolls-Royce moved all automobile production from Derby to the works at Crewe, which still builds Bentley automobiles to this day.
After his company was acquired by Rolls-Royce, W.O. Bentley went to work testing the new cars made at the Rolls-Royce works at Derby that he called “Rolls-Bentley” in trials and by driving them on the continent. These cars became known as “Derby Bentleys”—marketed as the “Silent Sports Car”—and W.O. reflected in his autobiography: “My period at Rolls-Royce had driven home once again to me the value of time for development: time, that luxury that only the most solidly founded firms can afford.” “That’s how Rolls-Royce achieved standards of perfection against which other companies, without their reserves of capital, couldn’t compete.”
“Bentley is one of a few great names in motoring and I do not say that lightly. To me they are right up there with Ferrari. All the marque has achieved over the years is undoubtedly one of the great tales of our industry, every schoolboy’s dream that has rightly become a legend.”—Derek Bell(The Flying Lady, p. 6250)
In the postwar era, Bentley and Rolls-Royce continued to produce 4-door saloons of similar design. But the Bentley marque was the platform selected to produce custom coachbuilt performance coupés, like the H.J. Mulliner fastback on the R-Type chassis—at the time, the fastest coupé in the world to seat four passengers. Though the last of the coachbuilding firms disappeared as all manufacturing moved to monocoque (unibody) chassis construction, Bentley would still return to its own expression of sporting luxury coupés—culminating in 2008 with the introduction of the Bentley Brooklands (named for the famous British track in Surrey, and also a name used previously for a 4-door Bentley saloon produced from 1992 to 1998). The new Brooklands brought a freshly engineered version of the company’s 6.75 liter V8 engine—enhanced with twin-turbo charging—developing 530 hp and 774 pound-feet of torque at 3200 rpm to pour through its 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift facility. This allowed the Brooklands to go from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds, and cover a ¼ mile in 13.3 seconds. All this in a hand-built ultra-luxury package… the hand-welding to produce the body alone takes 130 hours to produce. It takes 16 cow hides and 125 hours to produce the interior.
From the start, only 550 Brooklands were set for production. For the serious far-sighted collector, this is a unique opportunity to acquire an all-but-new Brooklands for a fraction of its original sticker. With continued care and attention—like it has received so far—the next owner could enjoy a motorcar that will keep its élan forever.
Editor – SAH Journal; The Society of Automotive Historians
ex-President – Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club