Lot 161 - 1996 Bentley Continental R
|Odometer reading||1,916 miles|
|Estimate||£68,000 - £78,000|
|Result||Sold - £75,000|
- Only 1,855 miles from new
- Owned by the same family from new
- Superb condition
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.
This stunning Bentley was registered in 1996 but has only covered 1,916 in the 25 years it has been on British roads. To be expected, the condition of the car is commensurate with such a low mileage; as new is the only way to describe this car. The Peacock Blue coachwork is blemish free and the Parchment interior, piped in blue with blue Wilton carpets, is an area of beauty. With walnut and leather in abundance, together with impressive performance from the 6750cc V8 engine, this Bentley really is something special. Owned by the same family from new, this Continental R is a collector’s dream.
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