Lot 211 - 1996 Bentley Continental R
|Odometer reading||44,550 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £38,080|
Since 1921, the Bentley name has remained synonymous with prestige, performance and luxury. The 'Continental' designation recalls the Bentley Continental of the post-war period. The 'R' resonates to the R-Type Bentleys from the 1950s as well as the Turbo R of the 1980s. Bentley's 1980s resurgence relied exclusively on models whose basic architecture was shared with other Rolls-Royce models however; the Bentley Continental R was unique to the Bentley marque. Despite the need to incorporate non-traditional features such as doors recessed into the roof, the result looked every bit a Bentley, albeit one re-stated for the 1990s. Needless to say, the performance was outstanding, the combination of the Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to under six seconds and boosting a top speed in excess of 150mph.
Many Continental R's are available but those in the know appreciate that, it is the later ones that incorporate the subtle upgrades and increased quality. These include improved suspension, an uprated turbo system and greatly improved engine management system offering better performance and fuel consumption. The vendor spent many months inspecting cars before settling on this near-perfect example. The other important factor to take into account is the service history. Acquiring these cars is one thing, maintaining them is another matter. Paperwork is also critical and a full box of documents including a full service history by main dealers and Bentley specialists comes with the car. Indeed every invoice pertaining to its history is enclosed as well as every MoT test certificate from new and Bentley Drivers Club information. Presented in the desirable Wildberry colour with a contrasting parchment interior, the condition of both interior and exterior is extremely good indeed. A pleasure to drive, and be driven in, this is most certainly the ultimate high-speed gentleman's club.
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.