The Bentley Mulsanne is a performance luxury car which was produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1980 until 1992, though derivative models like the Continental T and Azure continued in production into the 2000s. The name “Mulsanne” is derived from Bentley’s famous history, which included five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1924 and 1930 — the ‘Mulsanne Straight’ being the stretch of the Le Mans racecourse where cars reach their highest speeds.
The Mulsanne was introduced to replace the BentleyT type which had been in production since 1965 and has the same engine and gear box as the Bentley T2: a 6750 cc V8 engine without turbo with a three speed automatic gear box (GM400) and carburetters. The maximum power is 198,5 bhp at 3800 rpm.
The hydraulic suspension and braking system is based on that used by Citroen in their famous DS series.
My car was first registered in 1981 and sold by Jack Barclay Ltd. To Huntstock Ltd of Kensington who paid £44,964.28 for the car.
In 1986 it was sold to Mr George Butterworth OBE and it remained in his posession until,his death when his widow, Pearl, took on ownership. At that time the car bore the registration number 2000E. This number is now decorating a much more humble Dacia Duster, owned by Mrs Butterworth’s son Paul.
I bought the car from her in 2011 when it had 65,800 miles on the clock. It has now done only just over 70,000 miles at a consumption rate of 14 miles to the gallon, or 20.2 litres per 100 km. This reflects not only the size of the engine but also the huge bulk of the car which is 5.31 metres long and 1.89 metres wide and weighs 2,245Kg which is a little more than 2 tons!