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Why Does This 10-Year-Old Bentley Cost More Than A New Continental GT?

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This is one very rare Mulsanne.

Remember the Bentley Brooklands? The luxury two-door coupe went out of production back in 2011, and Bentley has no plans for a replacement. Instead, the British automaker is focusing on the new Continental GT, the Bentayga SUV, and the recently unveiled all-new Flying Spur.

If, however, you’ve been clamoring for a coupe version of the Mulsanne, a rare 2009 Bentley Brooklands is currently for sale at a dealership in the Netherlands. Only 430 were built between 2008 and 2011, so you don’t see them in the classifieds very often – let alone one as immaculate as this.

This particular Brooklands is offered in left-hand drive and only has a mere 346 miles on the clock. It’s finished in Arctica white and comes with a long list of optional extras. On the outside, the Brooklands has been fitted with a dark stainless-steel radiator grille, 20-inch Sixteen Spoke Alloy Wheels with a polished center, carbon ceramic brakes, and a retractable Flying "B” hood ornament. It even has a jeweled filler cap. Yes, you read that right. Other extras include Bentley Sports Suspension and xenon headlights.

Inside, the cabin is as opulent as you would expect in a Bentley. Specifically, this Brooklands includes the Brooklands Diamond Quilting Package for the cream leather upholstery, a Mulliner two-tone leather steering wheel with piano lacquer veneer, drilled aluminum pedals, and carbon fiber panels on the doors and instrument panels. Other optional luxuries include a Naim sound system, parking sensors with reversing camera, voice control, iPod interface, valet key, and no less than four umbrellas in the trunk.

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When new, the Brooklands started at $340,990 in the US and comes with cruise control, automatic climate control, heated seats with memory and massage, navigation, Bluetooth, telephone, and more as standard.

Under the hood is a 6.75-liter V8 that delivers 530 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. The V8 unit is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, enabling the 2.6-ton Brooklands to sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 184 mph. If you want to own this 10-year-old Bentley, it will set you back €229,500 ($258,700). That’s more than a brand new Continental GT, but the Brooklands is arguably more special since it’s such a rare sight on the road.

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