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One of the guys who works with us has a few, I'll ask him. He also just bought a newer Boxster S so maybe I can get him to join the forums
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Not sure if anyone here follows the Hoovie's Garage webseries -- he buys old, used-to-be-desirable cars (he has a nice NSX, Cayenne Turbo, and Mercedes AMG... as well as quasi-broken Ferrari F355, BMW 750 and 850, and a 996 Carrera whose engine he blew up)... but his Bentley Continental is the only project he's officially given up on:

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One of the guys who works with us has a few, I'll ask him. He also just bought a newer Boxster S so maybe I can get him to join the forums
It would be great to hear from an owner with first-hand experience!
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Late 90s I owned a 1974 Fixed Head Corniche for about 4 years. I drove it a lot but not everyday.
The only reason I sold it (and some other toys) was because of my divorce/property settlement.

Great car - Great build quality! They even smell right. Real old world leather and wood.
The later cars are OK to but I prefer the older 70s, early 80s cars but they're all on carburettors.
Fuel injection didn't become the norm until the 90s & even then they didn't do much better because they also increased in weight.

But... If you can't afford a new Rolls-Royce you can't afford a used one either.

* How does 11 to 12 MPG sound?
* Everything is expensive but you can DIY them.
* Second hand parts are plentiful but again expensive.

Stay away from the classic fans. In general they are snobs and they dislike the new cars or anything post BMW ownership.
They talk of class but the fact is most of them are elitists idiots with no real money.
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Go test drive it. That should cure your urge.
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That looks like a really nice car and that would be the only way to buy one. Look what it sold for. It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to restore one to that condition that is tired now.

From a financial POV, they just never make sense but I suppose buying a nice used one for pennies is about as close as youíll get. Iíve always thought that was part of the weird appeal to them, that they signify the owner truly has $$ to burn. It was correctly pointed out that only new ones have real status, especially the $500k convertible that will depreciate $10k a month or more. Thatís truly FU money.

I have a close friend who bought a new Bentley Arnage in 2005 for ~$250k and then promptly decided that it ďwasnít herĒ and parked it in the garage for years w 5k miles on it. Itís actually quite beautiful, it was their traveling auto show car that year. As anyone who has ever been to the auto show knows, the Bentley and RR display is roped-off w security so no kids climbing all over the cars like most other makes.

Long story short, I maintain the car and drive it once in a while. Or should I say, Iím supposed to drive it once in a while but I never do. Iím the only one who has driven it in years and it now has 6k miles or something. Iíve found a good independent shop for it and also have done some work on it myself successfully. Itís not too complicated for the most part and repairing these cars is where the real money is. Itís also a strange mix of extremely good build quality in places and just slap-shod crap in others. Itís very low-tech compared to other luxury cars the same age.

The driving experience is interesting, itís a heavy bank vault but it really flies w the 6.7 twin turbo. HUGE lungs and just pulls like a freight train @ 100mph. The old one in the ad above would not do that, though.

At one point a couple years ago, I put the Arnage up for sale but only got an offer for around $80k, she decided to keep it but still hasnít driven it. Kind of a shame.
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Go test drive it. That should cure your urge.
Regarding Rolls-Royce & Bentley. You either get it or you don't.
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Regarding Rolls-Royce & Bentley. You either get it or you don't.
Yeah, they actually drive really nice. Of course if someone is using sports car metrics for judging them like handling and performance, they are an idiot.
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Here is the one I drive once in a while:

Sitting in its fancy storage facility.


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It would be great to hear from an owner with first-hand experience!
Here's a riddle. This is a $10k 1971 Ford Bronco:



Here's a $36k Ford Bronco:



Here's a $10k Rolls-Royce:



Here's a $23k Rolls-Royce:



No one is surprised when it cost $25k to move Bronco 1 to Bronco 2's level; people shriek at spending $13k to move from RR 1 to RR 2's level.

Rolls-Royce 2, btw, used to belong to me when I first joined this forum (it's currently for sale on a lot in Scottsdale - I've kept up with it over the years). I had that and a 1983 911SC. I sold it to buy my 1983 944 and 1983 928S.



The main reason the 1966-2000 cars are so cheap is there are so many; the Silver Shadow (1966-1980) sold over 30,000 units, and was the company's biggest seller. The second reason is that many fell into the hands of dreamers that didn't take care of them, and you see a lot of them left to rot, similar to 944s and 928s.

Are they difficult and expensive to maintain? Not really, when compared to their contemporaries from Mercedes, BMW, Land Rover or Jaguar. The V8 was under-stressed in non-turbo form (same engine in the Bentley Turbos) and dead reliable. The trans is GM, as are some ancillary systems like air conditioning. The SU carbs are the same as any British car, and when they switched to Bosch fuel injection they used the same system as Porsche. The Citroen-based brakes are seen as troublesome because they're unfamiliar over here. I replaced every hose in the system myself for about $300 over a weekend using a video from the RROC and parts were readily available from Albers.

Like most classics, buying a nice one is cheaper in the long run compared to trying to fix up a cheap one. The Connolly leather and Wilton carpets are pricey, so avoid a car that needs those replaced, or need paint. Getting the wood refinished isn't that bad, and if you're willing to learn about the braking system that doesn't have to be crazy expensive. You're likely better off doing them yourself, as odds are the mechanic you pay thousands to won't know much more than you unless you tracked down a RR specialist thru the RROC.
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Hey Denis, what do you think of the overall Bentley driving experience? From the perspective of a big sedan, not a Porsche?
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Hey Denis, what do you think of the overall Bentley driving experience? From the perspective of a big sedan, not a Porsche?
Pretty amazing and not really like any other car. So big and heavy yet seriously fast, really plush and smells awesome.
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Yorkie, Choc and Sc ruf are the only ones who have a clue that posted so far...the rest of you are clueless zippos...

I OWNED ONE FOR 5 Years...a 76 LWB Shadow...Wraith whats that????. The diff was the LWB had a 4 inch longer wheel base (and a vinyl top) than a SWB. RR went BK around 91 where VW and BMW picked them up. The older cars were truly the last real ones. Many of the parts suppliers who made the stuff to last went out of business in 1991. So the later cars were in name only. The engines were sleeved Aluminum block with mild steel valve springs which were very under stressed and as such had long life spans...if taken care of and NOT OVER HEATED...to overhaul that engine in the mid 90's was about 17K. More than the car was worth. Quiet...After the BK they put BMW V12's in them...


I GOTS NEWS FOR YOUSE...EVEN PEOPLE WITH FU MONEY WHO BUY THEM NEW DO NOT MAINTAIN THEM... They figure hey I am going to buy a new one in 2 or 3 years so screw it. Maintenance records are ALL IMPORTANT. They lose about 50% of their value the first year...why.. if you can afford to buy a new one for 250K why would you buy a used one for 200K?

They are maintenance heavy, lots of simple systems, that if not corrected properly can cause BIG AND COSTLY PROBLEMS. Even mechanics who claim to be RR Specialists are fkwads who cut corners and to fix their shoddy work COSTS REAL MONEY. I had a guy who did it right, cause he loved them...but he made his bread and butter fixing Toyotas though..

Like a used Benz...you are either going to be making the payment to the bank or the mechanic..lots of ner do wells buy them and do not maintain them, deferring maintenance because they can not afford them. Whew...that car was always costing me a few hundred here and there on a regular basis. I got tired of it..and couldn't write the checks anymore.


That car loved to go 80 mph down the freeway...it was like sitting in your Library in a big leather easy chair surrounded by the smell of leather, wood and wool carpeting...I could drive ALL DAY in heavy traffic with the music and AC, get out of the car feeling like I just had a nap...It was a beautiful smooth quiet ride. The Shadows weigh a ton with 500lb of Lead body filler...the weigh dampens the ride...

They made a large number of Shadows so parts are relativity easy to find (The AC and auto Trans are reworked GM units). Many of the parts are REBULDABLE (like water pumps) If you have a Carmargue good luck, they made so few of them parts are tough to get. The Shadow was a SEMI Hand built car..the fixed and drop head Cornice was a truly hand built car...and that is why they are worth a premium.

On the Shadows you had better use Castrol RR 365 Brake Fluid...and not the regular Castrol...if you contaminate the system with the regular stuff the parts to fix it was 4k...RR brake systems build heat which breaks down the regular Castrol and causes all the rubber seals in the system to turn into bubble gum and LEAK. That is why maintenance records are important.

No matter a old or new car people are impressed by a RR or the understated Bentley..which until the BK was just a difference of the badge and grill. Old money preferred the Bentley because it was understated.
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I dunno. I once heard that people don't buy a product, they buy a perception of a product. Are we sure this interest isn't a great example of that idea? Beyond the name and how ridiculously far they have depreciated, what makes them great cars?
Similar to a 80's Porsche, there is a different feel when opening and closing the doors compared to modern cars.

The interior is made primarily of wood, metal, leather, etc. There is a difference in weight, feel, temperature, etc...

I would only recommend one with a "near new" interior condition.

Almost any knucklehead can do mechanical work, the artesian skills for leather and metalworking are another matter.

Like any specialty used car with an expensive price when new, it really needs to be "throw away money" that you spend on one.

At this point, if something happened to my Jaguar XK in a big way, I'd just send it off and replace it.
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I’ve always been intrigued with the Corniche Coupe (think McQueen in The Thomas Crowne Affair). Love the lines. But as stated above, I’d prefer the ‘understated’ elegance of newer Bentley(s). They have the Brooklands Coupe or in a sedan form the Arnage. For some SERIOUS depreciation, you can get a super low mileage Azure for under a 100. bentleygoldcoast.com usually has some nice Arnage’s in inventory. I seriously considered one but couldn’t figure out a recommended way to tow an enclosed trailer with it, so I bought a GL instead.

Denis, that really looks like the vault at the Peterson where the Bentley is ‘garaged’?
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Thomas Crown Affair was a Mulliner Park Ward coupe, that is in another stratosphere from a Corniche.
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I've worked on a few 90's examples. A few things surprised me. The weight..........like over 3 tons. The suspension reminded me more like a truck in scale and beefyness. The tires were 6 ply - I assume because of load carrying. It had GM trans and A/C systems.

Also the lift would barely pick it up off of the ground. Technology- wise, it seemed at least 20 years behind other luxury cars of the same era.

But when you sat in it, drove it...........definitely felt solid, heavy ( in a good way) the interiors were better than anything I had ever sat in.
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