Bentley Brooklands Coupe

The Brooklands Coupe of 2008 was from a family of Grand Tourers that only Bentley could produce. Incredible handmade craftsmanship and married to the current most powerful engine in the range with 530bhp.

This wasn’t just a fixed head Azure or a Continental R, this was the ultimate GT with interior dimensions completely altered to accommodate 4 people in stunning luxury.

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Bentley Brooklands Coupe Launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007.

Bentley Introduced their new Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007. Launched as a Limited Edition model, Limited to 550 models worldwide. The first models became public in 2008.

Timeless design finished in a Bentley favourite colour of Peacock Blue. ©dutchstylez

Nearly all the cars sold in the UK are unique in their own way. Darker colours are more common than lighter ones. Light interiors are more common.

Near perfection, in my opinion. The main colour in Cotswolds Hide, Burgundy secondary hide, Burr oak wood with a two-tone steering wheel. Burgundy carpets and belts. ©autostorico
Stunning in Burgundy (that is the actual brochure name of the colour), 20″ 5-spoke wheels are part of the Sports Combination package. ©autostorico
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Various Options of finish were available for the Brooklands. These altered depending on the ‘Sports Combination’ finish. ©ownersrights

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The Sports Combination features are;

SPORTS COMBINATION LEVEL 1 20″ 5-spoke 2 piece wheel and dark-tint stainless steel matrix to bumper apertures.

SPORTS COMBINATION LEVEL 2 – The same features as Level 1 with Diamond quilted indented hide to seat facings and door/three-quarter panels, indented hide to the steering wheel, headling and quarter head cushion, embroidered marque emblems to all headrests.

I believe this is called Windsor Blue… not found a UK car in this shade yet. ©Automobiles Etcetera
Grey Violet with Sports Combo, a colour that was seen more on the Arnage, ©owners rights.
This is a rare colour on the Brooklands, Burnt Oak. A standard shade from the setlist of shades, but a really lovely subtle colour in the flesh… again not found a UK car in this shade. Yet. ©Miller Cars
Here’s the standard interior in Linen with Birds Eye Maple. Looks like Portland as the secondary colour. ©Jack Barclay 2012
This Verdant Green on a 2008 model. A few of the UK cars are in this shade ©PAWood
The only car in Moroccan blue. This is with the 20″ 16 hole wheel. Also, the option of Chrome front grille. I’m not the biggest fan of the overall look if I’m honest. ©hanwells
Come on, you’ve got to love it! Awesome looking in special commission colour. Do you know what the shade is called? ©autogspot
One of the many options of Interior. Hotspur? ©owners rights
Brooklands - Black:Black. J.Holland
This is a rare spec! One of only a few in Black with Black spec… ©JohnHolland

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On its release, the car was launched with the Arnage and Azure who’d both had recent facelifts so a large flip-top brochure in a box was issued combining the three models together. There is a dedicated press book with an image DVD, these are quite readily available.

The Large Box-Set brochure for the Brooklands from 2007

One of the best releases is a stunning book by Tony Dron made by a buyer of his Brooklands and his journey of order to delivery to the south of France. A Luxury edition was made in leather but they all came in a deluxe slipcase.

The Tony Dron book of the Bentley Brooklands. Well worth a viewing.
Here’s a lovely giveaway when you ordered the car. A signed framed print by the designer. Interesting that they’re all numbered up to 550… I wonder how that worked out in the end. ©ebay

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So the numbers. Although it was branded as a Limited Edition of 550, that was, like so many Bentley Limited Editions the maximum amount that would be built. The actual number built from data of the Bentley VIN number catalogue is;

TOTAL CARS: 426  Worldwide Cars. (Not including Prototype cars – 432 total)

TOTAL RHD CARS: 105. EXPORT RHD CARS 8

Australia had 6 RHD cars delivered.

TOTAL UK CARS: 97.

For the UK I have every VIN number and steadily I’m gathering every colour they were finished in. I have at least 64 UK cars registered with colours and specs… just need to search, sort and organise the others…

The Rare ones are those on a ’10 plate, Only 6 of those were registered. And the rarest is the ‘final’ five which were a Special Commission by Jack Barclay, these include the mentioned ’10 plate.

Brooklands 2010 Special Commission
2010 Bentley Brooklands Special Commission 1 of 5

There’s more to follow on the Brooklands soon… contact me if you know any… loads more old adverts and pictures to come!

Hofmans Bent Brook.
One of my Favourites of all the UK cars is this one from Hofmans, in Henley. Superb attention to detail and enough class without overdoing it.  ©Hofmans

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