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This Bentley Mulsanne on Autotrader Has Lost $190,000 in Value in 6 Years

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author photo by Doug DeMuro April 2017

Here's something that's truly difficult for me to wrap my mind around: You're looking at a 2011 Bentley Mulsanne -- in fact the cheapest Bentley Mulsanne on Autotrader -- with an asking price of just $110,000. Back when this car was new, merely 6 years ago, its MSRP was close to $300,000. In other words, this car has lost $190,000 in value ... in just 6 years.

Let's start with some particulars about the Mulsanne in general. For those who aren't up on their modern Bentley models, the Mulsanne is the brand's flagship: It sits above the Continental GT and the Flying Spur, despite not being markedly better than those models except in one particular way: elegance. The Mulsanne is wildly, ridiculously elegant. It's the kind of car you're driven around in; the kind of car that has a ridiculously excessive curb weight simply because of how much leather and wood they've crammed into the interior.

So what happens is the Mulsanne has some popularity among first owners -- because they want the best and most opulent Bentley they can imagine -- and then the thing loses value at an insane level. There's no "second owner" who wants to spend 200 grand. If you're spending 200 grand, you want a new car. So Mulsanne values absolutely drop off a cliff in search of that second owner, and the result is what you see here: a 6-year-old Mulsanne selling for $110,000, or roughly $190,000 off the original price.

Think about that for a second. If you bought one of these new (which very few people do), and if you paid the sticker price (which no one does), you would've lost nearly two hundred thousand dollars in just 6 years of driving. This car cost $6.12 per mile in depreciation alone. You could buy a house in many places across the United States solely with the depreciation on this vehicle.

And no, this car isn't out of the norm. This particular Mulsanne has slightly higher mileage, at 31,000, which is likely why it's the cheapest example on Autotrader -- but its depreciation is fairly consistent with that of other Mulsanne models: There are several listed for under $120,000. This particular example has a clean Carfax report, some rather nice aftermarket wheels, and all the luxury trimmings you'd expect to find in one of these. So if you want to live out your chauffeur-driven Bentley fantasies, bring $110,000 and head to Atlanta Used Cars in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, where this one is listed for sale.

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This Bentley Mulsanne on Autotrader Has Lost $190,000 in Value in 6 Years - Autotrader