Fortunately, someone has added a set of color-coordinated mats. Other excessive items were trimmed from the Eight's standard features list, but even with fewer amenities the interior remained plush and comfortable, with lovely and abundant wood trim and subtle chrome details. It took about 12 seconds to reach 60mph, and could continue on to 126mph as it gathered steam. This is a car that is, in short, just a pleasure to drive. The transmission was a three-speed automatic. We'll wager you've never driven a car that makes people pay attention like this one does. Bentley Eight Overview Manufacturer Production 1984—1992 1,736 produced Assembly , Body and chassis 4-door Related Powertrain 6.
However, it is hilarious to have someone behind the counter tell you that you need a battery cable that is 6. If the car is recalled later for that specific problem, you may be able to get reimbursed from the automaker. Rear seat room is limousine-like and the controls are straightforward and easy to learn once you've spent some time behind the wheel. Such a life shows in the paint. The engine does not consume oil, there are no strange noises or smells and runs smoothly up to a point.
There is definitely a case of fuel starvation because the engine will not rev very hard. The last time I drove it was from Iowa to Kansas, a trip over 300 miles with no issues, but driving it thru a city would be worrying, at least for me. Noise is kept to a bare minimum, both internally and intruding from outside. In Britain, catalytic converters became optional in 1990 — although they had been available long before in markets where such were required. I have owned this car for the past 7 or 8 years and have spent much money on it to bring it back to its former glory.
The three-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a four-speed transmission in August 1992. Rear seat room is limousine-like and the controls are straightforward and easy to learn once you've spent some time behind the wheel. Every recall is registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is where cars. Accordingly, Bentley tightened up the front suspension to give the Eight better handling characteristics. It was successful, though, in offering the real Bentley experience to nouveau riche customers in a package that didn't upset the purists.
Find replacement parts and upgrades for your 1988 Bentley Eight. Thanks for taking the time to view my listing. The interior cossets and coddles like nothing you've ever experienced before. The Eight shared a lot of hardware with the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. The car could be driven, but I would not advise it because of the compromised brakes. For many years, they were effectively Rolls Royces with different badging.
Beautifully presented, it is very much a car I would have liked to take home with me and use regularly. It's a remarkable feeling to close the massive doors on this car and feel almost complete isolation; there could be a bomb outside the door but you might not notice, it's so quite inside. The Bentley was far less common and to our eyes in the 21st century, it's far more sporting and contemporary and less gothic than the Rolls. Get your Eight upgraded or back in pristine shape by shopping Advance Auto Parts. Mats stay flexible even in sub-freezing temperatures. The all-independent suspension uses a self-leveling system and the brakes charge themselves each time you start the car, so watch the dashboard for the warning lights to go out before you set off. The days of ultra-luxury cars like this 1988 Bentley Eight are over.
This car has been in storage for 4 years. On the road it is, of course, smooth and quiet at town speeds. The paint and body is very nice, but does have a few scratches which you can see in the photos. This is a massive car, make no mistake, but it hides its proportions well, and even nearly 30 years later, it still cuts a commanding swath through traffic. I think that the inside calipers are stuck as the front pads are only worn on one side. Conversation can be maintained at civilised volumes; there is no need for occupants to shout at each other.
The all-independent suspension uses a self-leveling system and the brakes charge themselves each time you start the car, so watch the dashboard for the warning lights to go out before you set off. The electrics will likewise have been inspected, as one or two of the electric windows were reluctant to operate. It's well maintained and a fantastic runner, so no worries about deferred maintenance issues, and you can see just how clean it is under the hood. Oftentimes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will ask for a recall, after investigating common problems. One simply does not expect to find the rust and blemishes on a Rolls Royce product that one might on other, lesser, cars. Bentley accomplished this feat by basing the Eight off of an existing model and subtracting some of the extraneous niceties until the base price of the car was made significantly more affordable. Products of the two kings of British luxury were sold chiefly to old money and aristocracy, and customers rarely bought just a single model but would return to the brands whenever a new vehicle was needed.