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Essentially new 2009 Bentley Brooklands for less-than half price


Bentley Motors is one of the most storied and stately car manufacturers in the world, with an epic racing history and always one of the best-built cars available. During the past few years, the Bentley marque has grown ever more popular, although some feel that the car’s hand-built mystique has gone away.

This is largely due to economic realities: it is next to impossible to hand-build a car in 2018 that is economically viable. That was not the case yet in 2009, when Bentley Motors released its last truly hand-made car, the Brooklands.

The Brooklands is a two-door pillarless coupe

The Pick of the Day is one of these magnificent cars, a 2009 Bentley Brooklands equipped with optional carbon brakes and finished in Beluga Black with a Beluga Black leather interior and Piano Black Wood inlays. The coupe has covered just 3,184 miles since new.

Bentley Motors built only 550 examples of the Brooklands from its introduction for 2009 until the end of production in 2011. All of the cars were built by hand in Crewe, England, and could be made to order by the customer in any color combination that Bentley Motors considered to be in proper taste.

The Bentley is finished in Beluga Black with a black-leather interior

That was not the best part about the Brooklands though. These 3-ton behemoths were able to sprint from 0-60 in 5 seconds, 0-100 in 11.7 seconds and had a top speed of 183.9 mph because of what they had under their broad hoods.

The engine is a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that churns 530 horsepower and a mountainous 774 pound-feet of torque, which at the time was the most torque generated by any production V8.

The Brooklands was considered a luxury-car alternative to jet travel. It was the ultimate incarnation of the Gentleman’s Express GT car, a British club room that somehow could travel at 180-plus miles per hour.

A masterpiece of style and performance

When new, the Brooklands sold out practically overnight at an astronomical base price of $343,585. Due to the many options available on these cars, most sold for more than $360,000.

According to the seller, a Chatsworth, California, dealer advertising the Bentley on ClassicCars.com, this Brooklands was nicely optioned with the Brooklands Sports Combination 2 package (which included 20-inch 5-spoke wheels), a retractable Flying B Mascot, a reversing Camera linked to the Sat Nav Screen, and Bentley Marque Badges on the Waste rails(inside door top caps). This brought the retail price of this Brooklands to a staggering $365,000.

The car was “pristinely kept and serviced, and is complete with books, keys, both umbrellas and a factory battery tender,” the seller says.

The Bentley dashboard is a work of art

These days, the mighty Brooklands is largely forgotten, despite its rarity and being featured in practically every car magazine in the world as well as on an episode of Top Gear. This is great news for a potential buyer as the asking price for this very-low-mileage car today has dropped to $147,950, still a lot of money but less than half the price when new.

I had a similar Brooklands for an extended road test back when it was new, and when I brought it home, parked it next to my own 1994 Brooklands four-door. I took my wife out to dinner in the splendid Bentley, and when she asked what I cost, I fished around in the glove compartment for the window sticker: $385,000.

She looked around the interior, touched the dashboard, and said, “That sounds about right”.

The splendid, unworn leather seats

So yes, this Brooklands should be considered inexpensive because these cars still look, feel and drive like $350,000-plus, and are truly remarkable for their quality and performance. They were likely the end of an era, and we are not likely to see anything quite this again.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. No one in their right mind would pass up such an icon at less than half price. Sadly, I can’t sell house & all to have it… triple black Bentley evil. What’s not to die/kill/sell kids/ mortgage life for?
    I’d be willing to bet that it sounds like demons suppressed when one puts one’s foot down, too.
    Tasteless show-offs drive Lambos, McLarens, and most Ferraris; regardless of their excuses and justifications, the "look, look, look at ME Mommy!" is there.
    Classics, Brit, German, French, Italian; well, all that money seldom equals taste, even though a lot of those cars are tasty, even if inconvenient (Citroen SM, any Maserati), oddly designed (TVR, etc), or just plain too effing much (any special Porsche from the RSR to the 2.7 Carrera, to the GT3R, or Audi Quattros- real, 1st Gen Quattros, and the late, great, but suicidally bankrupting Lancia Stratos- ‘member them?).
    An über smooth, slick black turbo Bentley, in the dignified, non-anime inspired, gentlemen’s bodywork (hand made!)?
    Oh dear bleeding Jesus. Where’s my winning lottery ticket?
    And "coupe" quibbles aside, this is the automobile Loki would drive, were he real.
    More of these, please, and fewer Camrys/Corollas- the world might be OK again. Just sayin’. (Sigh)
    Hadst thou yon Turbo Bentley in thine garage, thou mightst avoided the wickedness of obsession over "gas mileage" and "insurance costs", as thou wouldst have poured so much treasure into thine prize that all other considerations, well, didn’t need considered.
    I wish the new owner would use it as a daily driver, and flog it like a galley slave, because that’s what the designers intended- but now it’s a "collector’s car", so will most likely languish indoors somewhere. #SAD, as our moron in chief would "say".
    Picture, if you will, rolling gently at 30+ over the limit, a Chopin etude on the audio, going from I65 south, to the I465 loop around Indianapolis IN, then back on I65 south on to Louisville…
    At no time is the vehicle stressed; at no time do you feel pressured. You just transit. With piano. Sigh.


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