Lot 224 - 1997 Bentley Continental T
|Odometer reading||94,495 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
The Bentley Continental R was launched at the Geneva motor show in 1991 and the styling of the handsome new coupé harked back to elegant lines of the S -Series Continental coupés produced by Bentley Motors throughout the 50's and 60's. The turbocharged 6.75 litre, V8 engine was utilised and internally the car was similar to the Turbo R saloon. Introduced in 1989, the Bentley Continental T brought sportier handling and higher power to the Continental range. It has a 4" shorter wheelbase than a Continental R, has flared wheel arches accommodating the 18" five spoke alloy wheels and a more powerful 420bhp, V8 power unit. To be expected, performance was very impressive with the big Bentley, reaching 60mph in less than six seconds and a top speed of almost 170mph.
This Bentley Continental T was supplied new by Dutton-Forshaw in Preston and looked after by them for a year before coming south and been taken care of by Bentley main agents until 2009. The vendor acquired the car in 2012 and he had it serviced and maintained by Bentley specialists, Chris Lee Specialist Cars in Buckinghamshire. Finished in black, this Continental T was supplied with a special ordered interior in a combination of black and magnolia leather to complement the engine turned dash board, centre console and door panels. The seats are in black leather but in other areas, like the headlining, it is black boarded by magnolia. This Continental T is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2017, hand book pack, service books, tracker documents and a file containing various MoT test certificates and invoices. Only 350 Bentley Continental T's were manufactured worldwide; they rarely come onto the market place and good examples are sure to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike.