2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
Lot
16

1988 Bentley Eight Saloon

$20,000 - $25,000

No Reserve

Specifications

Engine 6.75 litre V8
Gearbox Four-speed Automatic
Engine No. 64194L4101
Chassis No. SCBZE00A4JCH24197
Body Work Sedan
Colour Lagoon Blue
Interior Grey
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Disc/disc

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Description

Announced alongside the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit in 1980, the replacement for Bentley's T-Series was christened the Mulsanne after the straight at Le Mans, scene of five famous victories for the marque during the 1920s. The Bentley appealed to those who preferred a more discreet mode of transport, with the traditional winged-B radiator shell, badging and wheel trims being the most obvious distinguishing features. Bentley, which had been struggling by the 1970s, began fighting back by the mid-1980s, so much so that a new model was added to the line-up. Pitched at a younger market, the Bentley 8 was essentially a Mulsanne with some of the extraneous luxury features left out and as a result the price was considerably more affordable, encouraging a new generation of owners into Bentley products. The 8 was distinguished by a new radiator using wire-mesh, harking back to the W.O. era, along with stiffer suspension for more sporting handling. Performance reserves from the 6.75-litre V8 engine remained more than ample (output was, as ever, described merely as “adequate”) and the ride superb thanks to fully independent suspension. In 1987, the 8 was revised with new light alloy wheels and improvements to the interior and suspension. The 8 remains a wonderfully relaxed, comfortable and reliable luxury automobile, the driver cocooned in a leather-clad cabin replete with luxury touches only now finding their way into lesser cars.

History

  • Lovely 1988 Bentley Eight
  • Two owners only
  • Known history
  • No Reserve
Finished in a stunning blue metallic shade called ‘Lagoon Blue’ this lovely 1988 Bentley Eight has had just two owners in its lifetime. Delivered new in the UK, it came to Australia with its original owner and lived a well-maintained life in Sydney, before being bought by the Melbourne vendor about 12 years ago. It now shows an indicated 114,297 miles (at the time of cataloguing) and displays remarkably little patina for a 30-year-old car. The paint is bright and clean, as is the chrome, though the original factory alloy wheels are a little scuffed. Inside it’s swarths of grey leather and burr walnut, again showing some wear but none of it serious. The Wilton carpets are in good condition. Its Bentley enthusiast has professionally maintained the Eight regularly at UK Motors (Airport West) and is only selling reluctantly because of a lack of space. A rare colour combination for the Australian market, this Bentley Eight comes with its original leather folder complete with its operator’s manual and service books. There’s also a spare set of keys. With fabulous on-road presence, this Bentley Eight is something a bit different for the connoisseur or collector. Previously on Victorian club registration, it is being offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
 
 
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