Lot 134 - 1994 Bentley Continental R
|Odometer reading||85,232 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
Though launched at the Geneva Salon of 1991, many elements of the John Heffernan/Ken Greenley-penned Continental R had been seen at the same event as far back as 1984, when Bentley unveiled their `Project 90' concept car; a suitably enthusiastic reception leading the company to develop the car for production. Clearly the Sultan of Brunei approved of the end result, as he bought the 1991 show car at the exhibition. The new car was based on the Turbo R floor-pan and powered by that model's 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 engine, which was believed (the Rolls-Royce/Bentley company of the day never quoted horsepower figures) to produce in the region of 325bhp. Whatever, it was sufficient to give a top speed of some 145mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of around 6.6 seconds - no mean performance for a car weighing in at some 2.5 tons and the best of any Bentley in its day. The engine drove through the then new 4-speed GM 4L80-E transmission. Unlike all other Bentleys since the S3 of 1965, its body was unique to the marque and not shared with any model of Rolls-Royce. The Continental R was produced from 1991 to 2003, during which time some 1,290 examples were made.
This Bentley Continental R was purchased by the vendor in 2012 just after the car had been serviced, the brakes were fully overhauled and the car repainted, the mileage at that time was a little over 82,000 miles and was at a cost of over £8,500.00. Since then the car has had very little use, only been driven a further 3,000 miles been taken off the road for the last two years. To bring this Continental R to the sale it has been mechanically checked through, given a full service to Bentley service schedule B, had new front, rear and hand brake pads fitted, new fan belts and both rear lights replaced. Also, both rear road spring lower securing cups have been cut out and new replacement parts fitted. Finished in metallic Royal blue coachwork with dark blue-piped parchment leather interior and birds eye maple veneered woodwork this Bentley is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2018, the service book pack including the service book and invoices. This is a good example which is a pleasure to drive, and be driven in, this is most certainly the ultimate high-speed gentleman's club.