1996 Bentley Continental R
|Odometer reading||49,158 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £47,000|
- A well-maintained example
- Exceptional 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 delightful Bentley has covered 49,158 miles from new and has been looked after extremely well. From 1996 until 2008 it was serviced annually by Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers and thereafter by marque specialists until 2020. Bentley Berkshire carried out the service in February of 2020 with the invoice totalling £13,624.87. The car was last serviced in March 2021, again by Bentley Berkshire and cost £2,397.05. Forming part of a private Bentley collection, this has clearly been an exceedingly well looked after example. The Silica paintwork is unmarked as is the Honey leather interior, 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. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 5th October 2021, the original handbooks, a full set of tools and two sets of keys, this is an exceptional car in exceptional condition.
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