Lot 173 - 1996 Bentley Continental R built to Continental S Specification
|Odometer reading||47,400 km|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £47,040|
- Special order for Hong Kong
- Comprehensive history
Since 1921, the Bentley name has been synonymous with prestige, performance, and luxury. The 'Continental' designation recalls the 1939 Bentley Continental. The 'R' resonates to the R-Type Continentals from the 1950s as well as the Turbo R of the 1980s. Bentley's resurgence in the 1980s relied exclusively on models shared with other Rolls-Royce cars; however, the Bentley Continental R was unique to the Bentley marque. Needless to say, the performance was outstanding with the combination of the Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape. Produced only for 1995 model year, the Bentley Continental S was offered alongside the Continental R and was only available to established Bentley customers. Fitted with the same V8, 6.75 litre engine as the Continental R but it was also fitted with a Garrett turbocharger, liquid-cooler and revised induction system, which brought performance to an incredible 385bhp at 4100rpm. Performance was slightly improved over the Continental R, reaching 100 km/h from a standstill was achievable in 6.3 seconds, leading to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Just thirty-nine examples were built. After 1995 Bentley accepted special orders based on the Continental R but to full Continental S specification, and in some cases using the all the mechanicals as used in the first Continental T which reduced reaching 100km/h from a standstill to 6.0 seconds.
This 1996 Bentley Continental is one of the special-order cars built to full Continental S specification for a Bentley client based in Hong Kong. It was probably the most expensive Bentley sold in 1996 with a bill for the car delivered to the Colony at a staggering £500,000. This Continental S has a large history file with extensive Bentley Hong Kong records, which show it having only three owners from new. Imported by the current owner in 2017 when he retired and returned to live in Scotland. Finished in the classic Bentley colour Racing Green with Beige piped Spruce leather interior complemented with Spruce Green centre console and top roll, and Conifer carpets. Ordered with the lightest burr walnut veneer available at the time of the build. This very rare Continental is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2023, the original handbooks and service book, spare keys and a file containing invoices from Bentley Hong Kong and sales brochures. This is one of the rarest Bentleys built not only with the attention to ultimate luxury and refinement but with an emphasis on power and grace.
Interested parties should note that the odometer on the speedometer is not working so Historics cannot guarantee the mileage of 47,400 Kilometers.
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