- Three keepers and less than 25,000 miles from new
- MoT until May 2024
- Over £20,000 of factory options
- Private registration included with the sale
Bentley is a name inextricably linked with world-class quality, and the Flying Spur surely represents the pinnacle of 21st-century luxury motoring. With a name harking back to the exquisite four-door Continental saloons by H. J. Mulliner of the 1960s, the new Flying Spur was launched in 2005 as Bentley’s saloon offering for the modern gentleman and city professional. A revamp in 2013 pushed it even further into ultra-luxury territory, reaffirming its status as the perfect car for motoring around town in unsurpassed comfort and style.
Available with either a 616bhp, six-litre W12 or a 500bhp, four-litre V8, both mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Flying Spur might have been a large car loaded with luxury items but that was no barrier to supercar-like performance. The earliest W12-engined iteration could fly to no less than 195mph.
You’ll be saving performance like that for the Autobahn, though. Around town, you’ll be driving more sedately, so a V8-engined Flying Spur like this handsome example would be just the thing. It was ordered new with over £20,000 of factory options which make it a positive joy to travel in, and it’s been so well looked-after over the course of its life that it is still, in many ways, a new car. It’s seen little use and appears almost in showroom condition, so if you’re looking for luxury transport which is a cut above all the rest, this must be a very wise purchase.
The History and Paperwork
- Originally supplied in Granite Metallic and sold through Jack Barclay Bentley in April 2015
- Purchased by the vendor, the third registered keeper, in February 2023
- Almost £6000 of work completed early in 2023
- Offered for sale with the current V5, recent MoT certificates, the original Bentley Quick Reference Guide and Service Handbook, specification sheets and an invoice for recent work
- All-original and in superb, like-new condition
- Duotone finish in Linen and Beluga hides
- Equipped with numerous special options including dual-tone hide-trimmed steering wheel, deep-pile overmats and veneered picnic tables
- Boot contains spare wheel, first-aid kit and warning triangle
We’ve studied this car very closely and we did not observe anything to fault with the interior. It is truly exceptional. The Bentley is now eight years old but, to look at the interior, you might think it was fresh from the factory. Of course, having received such light use – only 25,000 miles from new – its immaculate state of preservation is not all that surprising.
To summarize, we’ve looked at the leather seats and door trim, the carpets, the headlining, the black-veneered trim and all the fittings, and we did not see anything which would look out of place in a brand-new car. Even the boot might be supposed to be as clean as it was on the day it left the showroom.
It only remains for us to tell you exactly what the interior contains, because few cars give you as much for your money as the Flying Spur does. Obviously, things like air-conditioning, a radio-CD player, power seats, power windows and Breitling clock can all be taken for granted.
What’s really of interest is the extra-cost options, and they include contrasting stitching, a centre-console storage case, deep-pile front and rear carpet mats, a dual-tone, hide-trimmed steering wheel with contrasting stitching, electrically operated blinds for the rear side windows, veneered picnic tables with vanity mirrors and a rear-view camera. The first-aid kit, warning triangle and space-saving rear wheel in the boot are also options. Mulliner Specification alone added £11,646 to the overall cost of the car when new.
- Original paint in excellent condition
- Subtle metallic finish
- Electric sliding sunshine roof
Looking suitably elegant in its understated Granite Metallic, this Flying Spur is a remarkably good car in all respects. The original paint remains in superb condition and has lost none of its subtle metallic lustre. As may be expected with an eight-year-old car, there are just a few extremely minor cosmetic blemishes, but they are so insignificant as to be almost unnoticeable. We saw just one small paint chip and a slight mark on the nearside mirror, but we had to look very hard to find them.
The wheels present exceedingly well, with only some very light cosmetic wear which seems to be mainly confined to the front offside wheel. Otherwise, the Bentley remains virtually impossible to fault. All the glass and trim is in excellent condition. Indeed, the chrome trim on each door handle was replaced in May 2023, so to all intents and purposes is still brand-new.
Underneath, the Bentley is extremely clean and looks to be completely solid, too. All in all, it really is quite extraordinary to come across a car which has aged so well.
- MoT until May 2024
- Almost £6000 of recent mechanical work, including new brakes all-round
- Starts on the button and drives splendidly
Motoring can scarcely be more effortless than it is in the Flying Spur. One simply settles into the soft leather seat, turns the key and pushes the ignition button and, just like that, the car comes to life. Then one just has to knock the gearstick into drive and it pulls away smoothly and silently, like a magic carpet. The power steering makes the Bentley remarkably nimble for a car with a 121-inch wheelbase, and the powerful brakes will bring it to a stop as gently or as sharply as you care to instruct them.
Having covered so few miles and received all its annual services, this seems to us to be a car that’s all ready to go and wants for nothing besides a willing driver. It was MoTed in April and, apart from the tester spotting some minor damage to one of the tyres, it passed with no advisories, so we wouldn’t hesitate to drive it all around Britain.
Work totalling £5,973 was completed in May 2023, which included the cleaning of the fuel filler bowl, the replacement of front and rear brake discs and pads, and wheel repairs and balancing.
There really is no better way of enjoying modern luxury motoring than from a Bentley Flying Spur, and this is without doubt one of the best used examples one can buy. Used sparingly and sympathetically maintained, it’s finished to a very tasteful specification with lots of appealing extras, and still appears in nearly-new condition.
If you want to own one of the best contemporary luxury cars, this has to be the obvious choice. The only difficult choice might be deciding whether to relax in chauffeur-driven comfort, or take the wheel yourself and relish the feel of the Bentley as an owner-driver.
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