|Quote, originally posted by Autoblog »|
|The Mulsanne is touted as the first Bentley designed and produced entirely at the company's Crewe headquarters in England since the legendary 1920's-era 8-liter Bentley, and to mark the occasion, Gooding wheeled W.O. Bentley's own personal ride, the second 8-liter chassis ever made, onto the stage before bidding began. Gooding opened the bids for Mulsanne #1 at $500,000, but after receiving no bids at that price, bidding quickly stepped down to $300k, only to climb back up to the half-million mark where it sold to an undisclosed collector over the phone.|
I know "only" seems kinda wonky, but this could be very bad for Bentley. At auctions like these are people who can easily afford this car. It's the FIRST of a new Bentley and it had to go lower to start generating bids. What's sad is that it didn't even get over $500,000. When the Rolls Royce Phantom DHC came out they were going for $800,000+. These had no special number designation, people just wanted them that badly. So that this was badly received could mean bad things for Bentley.