Lot 258 - 1997 Bentley Azure
|Odometer reading||85,000 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £44,000|
The Bentley Azure was launched in 1995 and based on the platform of the Continental R coupé which had been launched in 1991. The Azure often surprised with its size and bulk, intended to both convey a sense of presence and allow for comfortable seating of four adult passengers. Power came from the company's stalwart 6.75 litre V8, featuring a single intercooled turbocharger producing in the region of 380bhp. The gearbox was a General Motors sourced four-speed automatic unit with the Azure capable of 0 to 60mph in an impressive 6.1 seconds. Owing to the limited space at Bentley's Crewe factory, the Azure was designed and manufactured by Pininfarina, significantly adding to the vehicle's production cost.
This excellent Bentley Azure has until recently had only one owner from new and has clearly been lovingly looked after is confirmed by the service history and virtually unmarked condition. In July this year the car was serviced, new brake hoses, the mineral oil replaced, all the fan belts renewed and a new radiator fitted continuing the high standard of maintenance that this Bentley has always received. To be expected, this Azure drives in a superb manner, shows no sign of any wear and is ready to be enjoyed immediately. Finished in Wildberry with cream hide and contrasting seat piping, it is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2015, a file containing some invoices and old MoT certificates and the original service book pack containing the hand book and the service book which is stamped up to 2012. This is an opportunity to purchase one of the last Bentley convertibles in excellent condition throughout.