The first Bentley Brooklands coupe made for the stateside has been auctioned off for $450,000 ($109,010 over its listed price) The Brooklands was presented to Monte and Usha Ahuja who placed the winning bid at the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival.
Not to mention that Bentley has already sold out its first batch of 2008 Brooklands with over 140 orders already taken. The total production run for the car will be limited to 550.
The new Bentley Brooklands gets its power from a 6.75 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 530 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. As with the latest Arnage, the V8 engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.
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The first Bentley Brooklands coupe destined for the U.S. market has been purchased for $450,000 at a charity auction held during the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival. The $14 million from the auction sale will directly benefit the Naples Children and Education Foundation, which supports charitable and educational programs to improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged or at-risk children.
Monte and Usha Ahuja placed the winning bid of the first Brooklands coupe destined for the U.S. market, with delivery estimated to take place in the second quarter this year. The $450,000 auction price ranks as one of the highest ever paid for a lot in the wine festival’s eight-year history.
“We are truly heartened by Mr and Mrs Monte Ahuja’s generous bid for the first Bentley Brooklands destined for the U.S. market,” said Christophe Georges, Chief Operating Officer for Bentley Motors, Inc. “We are delighted to be associated with the Naples Winter Wine Festival recognising its contribution to the Naples Children and Education Foundation which benefits so many deserving children in the south Florida community.”
The 2009 Bentley Brooklands is a stunning new model that marks Bentley’s return to the luxury coupe market and reaffirms the company’s reputation as creator of the world’s most exclusive coupes. It is the ultimate Bentley: a stylish, four-seat, grand touring coupe with classic British proportions and muscular performance.
Introduced at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show last year, Bentley Brooklands has rapidly captured the praise of international press and the hearts of luxury aficionados worldwide.
Brooklands is destined to be a collectors’ classic due to its limited production run coupled with Bentley’s world class attention to detail. Each Brooklands coupe will be hand-assembled, employing traditional coach-building techniques and the craftsmanship skills in wood veneer and leather hide for which Bentley is renowned.
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