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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2012, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a Bentley Turbo R or Brooklands (96/97)


New to this, so please be patient with the silly/obvious questions.

Been looking for a new car for a while (currently have a BMW52 and was looking for something a bit special. Looked at various Maseratis, Mercedes etc to try and get something "different". I have 11/12 grand to spend. Can someone please offer some advice on buying a Turbo R or Brooklands? It wouldn't be a every day car, as there would be a works runner alongside. What is the best model to go for between the two? What are the pros and cons? Obviously I would look at mileage, condition, history etc but, any other advice would be appreciated.

I understand that people say "if you need to ask the cost you can't afford one". I reckon it would be a tremendous buzz to know you can pop out for a Sunday drive and take the Bentley. It would also fulfil a childhood dream.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 10:34 AM
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I hope some kind sole comes along and answers this post soon as I have the very same questions !!!!!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 06:15 PM
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Just purchased a Brooklands LPT 1997

Just purchased a Brooklands LPT 1997.
My advice based on experience so far !
Price you can exspect to pay £13,000 to £20k
Research and then view/drive as many as possible.
You will then discover the benifit of this challenge.
I set my sights on a 1997 late last Brooklands LPT
Because its v8 is under less stress compared to the TR
Thus less likley to encounter the head gasget problems.
Still has plenty of pull 300bhp. "More grace than pace"
Must have full service history.
Mileage not an issue if full sevice evident.
But if you can find a low mileage car all the better.
Must be clean and looked after but original , any repair or heavy underseal walk away!
Check everything out if things done work.
Walk away.
There are still good cars to be had so just stick to your guns and search.
It took me 1 month of viewing cars
All 30,000 to 89,000 miles on the clock full service stamps.
But out of 16 cars 14 were junk !
Even though the photos looked great on veiwing I walked away even after a 2 hour drive.
But out of the last 4
I missed one 1996 36k miles in Red, Sold for £13,000 !
Bought 1997 in Peacock Blue 38k miles
For £14,000 all sevice stamps looks drives like its new! And I mean Showroom!
Oh yes, Haggle even if you think it's a good price, it's a buyers market.
Good luck.

Own a Bentley Brooklands LPT 1997
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 05:23 AM
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i have a RT and use as a daily Drive
she has been to Antwerp then we went to Paris
and next Month of on a 3000m around France
don't look at low mileage cars there a pain in the Ass
as stated if something isn't working ether have it fixed or say good bye
the Heating system is the one to look out for
make shore it is working as it should you need to read up on how it operats and then spend time checking or look out
but i will say we both (Wife & I) Enjoy this car

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