And the arrival of the Eight, alongside the Mulsanne Turbo was enough to set the car apart from the Rolls-Royce, and help kick start a revival of interest in Bentley as a standalone marque. With the handling dynamics of the all-independent, self-leveling suspension setup improved, the Eight became a better driver's car than other Bentleys of the era. Four wheel disc brakes helped keep everything under control, and the choice of only the shorter wheelbase 120. My friend has driven the car regularly to keep the fluids flowing, but as I am now in process of moving once again, I have decided it is time to let it go to someone who will take on the project and finish up the work. Also the Eight is a likely candidate for unscrupulous dealers swapping the clocks when mileage gets high, to combat this Bentley mark the glass in the dash every time they change a clock; look for two white dots.
In Britain, catalytic converters became optional in 1990 — although they had been available long before in markets where such were required. It would be reasonable to put this down to lack of use, as the car has averaged less than five thousand miles a year over its lifetime. When Rolls-Royce and Bentley were under the same ownership, their customers tended to be very traditional. The car presented here by Classic Car Warehouse does not disappoint. The car was distinguished by it's uncharacteristic wire mesh grill, as opposed to Bentley's usual slatted un it; this was a nod toward the marque's sporting heritage and another grab at the younger motorist.
I would advise transportation by flatbed. Someone really loved this low-mileage Bentley. Bauer Consumer Media Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Firm reference No. Thankfully the brakes are also up to the job, as are the Avon Turbosteel whitewall tyres. The car's bold look had heritage in its veins, reminding the Bentley faithful of such legends as the R Type Continental.
When the Eight was introduced, it looked almost identical to the Mulsanne. The all-independent suspension uses a self-leveling system and the brakes charge themselves each time you start the car, so watch the dashboard for the warning lights to go out before you set off. Beautifully presented, it is very much a car I would have liked to take home with me and use regularly. Bentley was able to reduce costs by using the less exotic pieces. In a nutshell, the car is far too good to dismantle, there are less than 1750 of them left.
The most important factor of the Eight's reduced price was its more basic level of feature content. The Mulsanne was better equipped. It was successful, though, in offering the real Bentley experience to nouveau riche customers in a package that didn't upset the purists. There is an impressive quantity of paperwork with this car, supporting the mileage with servicing records and MoTs. In comparison to the Mulsanne there was little to distinguish the two. I cannot see how it would disappoint.
I am sure my friend will be accommodating if a little time is needed to arrange for removal. There's also a seriously huge trunk that's beautifully upholstered and includes a factory battery shut-off, just in case. Archived from on 8 July 2011. In the books, and in a couple of the films, Ian Fleming chose to put him at the wheel of a rather indulgent 1930s example. A firmer offered slight handling improvements. It's well maintained and a fantastic runner, so no worries about deferred maintenance issues, and you can see just how clean it is under the hood.
Conversation can be maintained at civilised volumes; there is no need for occupants to shout at each other. Bentley Eight Overview Manufacturer Production 1984—1992 1,736 produced Assembly , Body and chassis 4-door Related Powertrain 6. There are several worn suspension joints too so there are a few clunks when driving over potholes. Inside, the wide, deep seats are a sea of cream leather matching the door cards, set off beautifully by red carpets and dashtop. Such a life shows in the paint. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. I think that the inside calipers are stuck as the front pads are only worn on one side.
Other excessive items were trimmed from the Eight's standard features list, but even with fewer amenities the interior remained plush and comfortable, with lovely and abundant wood trim and subtle chrome details. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic, translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the automobile-catalog. Fuel injection and anti-lock brakes were added in 1986, leather upholstery and power memory seats were added in 1987, and automatic ride height adjustment was added in 1990. This is only a guess. It took about 12 seconds to reach 60mph, and could continue on to 126mph as it gathered steam. It's a remarkable feeling to close the massive doors on this car and feel almost complete isolation; there could be a bomb outside the door but you might not notice, it's so quite inside.
The square-cut shape helps, making the car surprisingly easy to position and even park. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. Fortunately, someone has added a set of color-coordinated mats. The wood is basic for a Rolls-Royce product being just the straight grain walnut rather than the exotic veneers found in the higher market cars. Inspection can be easily arranged and encouraged. The Mulsanne had an attractive, well-proportioned look with a luxurious heft to its chiseled features.
The three-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a four-speed transmission in August 1992. It was powered by a 6. We'll wager you've never driven a car that makes people pay attention like this one does. This is a massive car, make no mistake, but it hides its proportions well, and even nearly 30 years later, it still cuts a commanding swath through traffic. Noise is kept to a bare minimum, both internally and intruding from outside. The electrics will likewise have been inspected, as one or two of the electric windows were reluctant to operate.