Lot 241 - 1987 Bentley Continental Drophead Coupé by Mulliner Park Ward
|Odometer reading||43,316 miles|
|Estimate||£43,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
The acquisition of Bentley Motors in 1998 by Volkswagen AG brought an end to an era of almost eight decades of cars built by Bentley. Mulliner Park Ward, the coachbuilding division of Rolls-Royce that built this model of the Continental, was also sold to Volkswagen AG and is now simply a personal commissioning department for the Bentley brand. The Continental Bentleys of this era are therefore not only examples of the last coachbuilt Bentley but also the last from Mulliner Park Ward. Only seventy seven examples were built comprising both the drophead convertible, such as this car, and its fixedhead coupé counterpart.
Chassis Number 16663 was manufactured in late 1986 and exported to the USA as the 1987 'model year'; the specification including all the usual Bentley refinements as well as matching cocktail cabinets in the driver's and passenger's door and Mouton rugs. It was registered in southern California and sold to Mr. Ken Berg, equipped with the then obligatory mobile telephone which the car still has. It stayed with the family when it passed to his wife, Ms. Julie Ann Sheltonberg, the car not changing ownership until it was registered in England in August 2014. During this twenty seven year single-family ownership, the car covered just 43,000 miles equating to approximately 1,500 miles per year.
Throughout its ownership, it was meticulously maintained and the southern Californian climate kept it free of any rust or corrosion. Arriving in England, the car was despatched for a thorough servicing, costing almost GBP5,000, in preparation for an extensive European tour with a new MoT test certificate issued in the process and expiring in July, 2015. Finished in the most attractive colours of black with tan leather interior, this must represent one of the most desirable of the true coachbuilt Bentleys. With an impeccable history, it is eminently useable for any occasion and, being from a very small number of examples made, will be an attractive addition to any collection of high quality motorcars.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.