Lot 299 - 2006 Bentley Azure
|Odometer reading||28,150 miles|
|Estimate||£82,000 - £90,000|
|Result||Sold - £81,760|
The Bentley Azure was launched in 1995 and based on the platform of the Continental R coupé which had been launched in 1991. Volkswagen purchased Bentley from Vickers in 1998, three years into production of the Mk. I model. Volkswagen executives decided to keep the then-current Azure in production until 2003. Production of the new Azure began for the 2006 model year. Now based on the Arnage platform, power came from the variant of the Bentley turbocharged V8 making 450hp and 645 lb ft of torque. The new Arnage was designed for the BMW 4.4-litre engine. However, due to strained relationships between the two manufacturers, Volkswagen was forced to significantly re-work the original 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce/Bentley V8 engine in 2001, including a switch from the old single-turbo system to a modern twin-turbocharger set-up, reducing turbo-lag and increasing horsepower output. A new, model-specific six-speed automatic transmission fed power to the rear wheels. Bentley claimed a 0 to 60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph, slightly faster than the previous edition and still very good for a vehicle of this size and weight.
This 2006 Bentley Azure was supplied new by Bramshaw Bentley Hampshire in Lyndhurst, New Forest. Registered in September 2006, the car received a personalised number plate of 22 TB in November of the same year which it retained until the vendor acquired the car in 2013. This Azure has only covered just over 28,000 miles from new which is confirmed by the service book and the MoT history. Recently serviced by P & A Wood in Essex who also went completely through the soft top mechanism making sure it works as well as it did when it left the factory. Finished in black with black roof and black Connolly leather interior complemented with piano black veneers, this lovely convertible is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2019 and the service book pack. The Bentley Azure is a Grand Tourer offering enormous style and luxury, whether you are going to the shops or travelling to the Côte d’Azur, this low mileage Bentley Azure is just about the perfect vehicle.
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