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Jason Pfeiffer
Frequent User
Username: jpsnaggs

Post Number: 73
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 03 February, 2010 - 16:03:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hey all, hope everyone is well...

So, my quest for another one continues. I have been watching one online, on ebay for about 4 months now, and so far, there have been no bids, and repeated listing by the dealer. its a 1997 Brooklands in Magnolia. Seems like a nice car, I have spoken to them, and even had a friend of mine who lives in the area stop by to look at the car. The dealer seems to have good info, and the car comes with some repair history. Before I spring for the inspection costs, and bid, what am I not seeing?

1. Its been online with no bids, being listed over and over for many months.

2. Is there something wrong with it that I am just too naive to notice?

3. Is it just not a diserable colour?

4. Maybe people are more interested in the Turbo R?

Anyway, I just cant figure it out. I will post the link and see if it works, in the meantime, give me some advice if you can!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1997-Bentley-Brooklands-6-8L-PFI-Turbo-Loaded_W0QQitemZ330401197733QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item4ced722ea5
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Jeffrey McCarthy
Prolific User
Username: jefmac2003

Post Number: 183
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, 03 February, 2010 - 17:33:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Is the seller willing to allow an independent inspection by an RR/Bentley specialist on your behalf?

If so it wouldn't be money wasted - the worst that can happen is that you find it's a lemon and you've saved yourself money and grief. More likely you'll get a list of things which need attention: at least then you'll have an idea of the real cost.

I'm not from the States but I'm sure someone from over there can give you a few pointers towards an appropriate inspection place near St Louis.

If the dealer absolutely refuses to allow the inspection chances are something costly is being hidden.

There seem to be quite a few of our cars coming onto the market over there since the economic downturn, maybe it's just a bargain.

Good Luck,

Jeff

(Message edited by jefmac2003 on 03 February 2010)
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Craig Knight
Experienced User
Username: grum_ck

Post Number: 25
Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Wednesday, 03 February, 2010 - 20:32:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Jason, I donít think itís uncommon for these cars to stay on the market for a Ďlongí period of timeÖ itís a fairly small market. So they donít tend to move as quickly as say a Toyota (especially if its accelerator pedal is jammed on).

If youíre happy with the price, colour and your friend didnít see anything noticeably wrong with it, an inspection (specialist) seems like it would be worthwhile.

Good luck.
Craig.
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Clifford Donley
Experienced User
Username: flatus

Post Number: 39
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Wednesday, 03 February, 2010 - 22:33:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The car had lots of miles put on it during the last couple of years. To me, that indicates it was a reliable driver. And, as the 30k maintenance was just done (verify with St Louis Bentley) that's off the list of worries.

Their listing indicates they'll allow an independent inspection, and as there's a local Bentley dealer there, why not take advantage of that opportunity?

Your friend's well-meaning eyes are no substitute for a professional evaluation.
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Paul Yorke
Grand Master
Username: paul_yorke

Post Number: 531
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, 06 February, 2010 - 19:46:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Arghhh - I hate the preview / Post on this site.

Briefly - if the colour and price is right for you get it inspected, and if happy buy it.

Also - make sure that it hasn't been in a flood. Flooded cars can be made to look new, but will continue to have electrical problems etc.
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James Feller
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Username: james_feller

Post Number: 123
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Saturday, 06 February, 2010 - 21:42:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

seems ridiculous to put a car like this on ebay.... Jason maybe the colour is putting people off, magnolia with tan is not really a great colour combo these days, but this is now just opionion.
Who would know why people are not bidding??perhapes the buying market for these cars is simply not prepared to buy them yet on 'ebay'.... or has never thought to look on ebay..WOW. Speaking for myself I never would buy ANY car let alone a RR or Bentley on ebay... far too risky I reckon but again roll the dice and take the chance you could just pick up a bargain.

at any rate, its got a light pressure turbo engine so will be quite quick though not as fast as the Turbo R.

If you like it Jason get it inspected for piece of mind and buy it, there is nothing anyone on this forum can tell you that you 'could be missing'. None of us would know as none of us can inspect it in the flesh.

good luck

Cheers

James
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Paul Yorke
Grand Master
Username: paul_yorke

Post Number: 532
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, 07 February, 2010 - 06:48:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Many things go on ebay for the exposure, but not expecting it to sell on there.

I'd be happy to go and inspect it, but not in the flesh! lol ;)