With top-tier automotive brands, low production usually comes at a price, often quite a steep price. When I say low production, it’s not about a total of 1,000 cars but more like fewer than 100. These special cars are usually in the rarified air and tend to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Consider the cost of very rare Ferraris and Aston Martins and you understand the type of cars and their values.
But if you are clever and do your homework, you can sometimes find some hidden gems that offer an exclusive brand and a more-exclusive model from that brand for less than the price of a new Honda Civic Type R.
The Brooklands Trophy Edition was a special model offered in the last year of production for the original 4-door sedan. The Trophy Edition was built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bentley’s first team participation in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race and their success in the 1922 Tourist Trophy races, where Bentley won the Team Prize.
This special edition features a unique options group that includes:
• Chrome-plated five spoke 17-inch wheels with green center badges.
• Color-keyed exterior mirrors and cheater panels.
• Color-keyed headlamp surrounds.
• Color-keyed radiator vanes.
• Color-keyed steering wheel rim.
• Commemorative “Trophy Edition” plaques on both front-door sill plates.
• Green enameled badges.
• Triple coach lines (pinstriping).
• A pair of Bentley golf umbrellas mounted in the luggage compartment lid.
• Two-tone Turbo R SE style seats with Bentley wings embroidered on the headrests.
• Wrap-around door trim with walnut crossbanding to the lower edges.
Only 28 total Trophy edition Brooklands were produced, definitely putting it in the extremely scarce collector car category.
The 1997 Brooklands also gained a number of options in its final year. The car had 2 inches more headroom, the first tilt steering column in any Bentley car, and most importantly a low-pressure turbocharger. This gave the 6,500-pound car the ability to cover 0-60 in 8 seconds with a top speed of more than 140 mph, which is quite fast for a car that heavy.
This Brooklands Trophy Edition is No. 7 of the 28 built, according to the seller. The Bentley is said to have been garage kept its entire life and has covered just over 47,000 miles from new. Painted in Burgundy with a Black-and-Burgundy Leather interior. This is an original paint car, the seller says, and the quality of the paintwork on a Bentley from this era is unmatched by anything other than a Rolls-Royce.
This car definitely makes a statement. How much of a statement? Sir Elton John had one when they were new.
Each of these amazing Bentleys could take as long as 10 months to build from start to finish, and the quality of the car can be seen everywhere, from the chrome and stainless trim to the leather headliner. Even the steering wheel of is said to take as much as a week to complete.
The last of the classic Bentley sedans, this special-edition, low-mileage example is priced at just $26,500.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.