Yes, it has a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine that will struggle to better 17mpg, and if something goes badly wrong, you may need to sell your home to pay for repairs. But just look at the upsides: that engine produces 479lb ft at just 1600rpm for effortless wafting and 0-62mph in 4.8sec without breaking sweat. The chassis boasts air suspension and four-wheel drive. Best of all, the neighbours will hate you.
The price of all this? Less than £21,000. That’s what one private seller is asking for his ‘scratch-free’ (rare for such a big car) 2004/54-reg GT with 83,000 miles and a full service history.
The GT was launched in 2003, five years after Bentley was purchased by Volkswagen. The new model was tasked with rewarding VW’s investment, and the company was taking no chances. Under the Continental’s majestic lines is VW’s legendary vanity car: the fabulously over-engined and over-engineered Phaeton. To pacify the traditionalists, the GT was assembled at Crewe, where Bentleys had been made for 57 years. To ensure it sold in sufficient numbers, VW priced it at £110,000. Before it had turned a wheel, more than 3000 orders were in the bag.