First U.S. Bentley Brooklands auctioned for $450000
Bentley Brooklands was unveiled last year at the Geneva Auto Show and it was a big success ever since. The luxury Coupe is now also available on the US market. First model has been purchased for $450,000 at a charity auction held during the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival.
The Brooklands is the coupe version of the Arnage sedan and the Azure convertible. Larger than a Continental GT, the Brooklands was designed to blend great performance and unbridled opulence and is created for an exclusive clientele. The Brooklands takes its design cues from the GT, one of the most successful cars for Bentley since its unveiling in 2004. The luxury Coupe is powered by a Crewe-built V8 engine that delivers 530 hp and a peak torque of 774 lbs-ft.
Sales on the US market will begin in the second quarter this year.
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.