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.
Many Continental R's are available but those in the know
appreciate that, it is the later ones that incorporate the subtle
upgrades and increased quality. These include improved suspension,
an uprated turbo system and greatly improved engine management
system offering better performance and fuel consumption. The vendor
spent many months inspecting cars before settling on this
near-perfect example. The other important factor to take into
account is the service history. Acquiring these cars is one thing,
maintaining them is another matter. Paperwork is also critical and
a full box of documents including a full service history by main
dealers and Bentley specialists comes with the car. Indeed every
invoice pertaining to its history is enclosed as well as every MoT
test certificate from new and Bentley Drivers Club information.
Presented in the desirable Wildberry colour with a contrasting
parchment interior, the condition of both interior and exterior is
extremely good indeed. A pleasure to drive, and be driven in, this
is most certainly the ultimate high-speed gentleman's club.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170