Lot 352: Bentley Continental R Coupe
The Bentley Continental R is splendidly elegant and luxurious close-coupled coupé which was listed by the Company from 1991 to 2002. It was the first Bentley to feature a body not shared with a Rolls-Royce model since the S3 of 1965, the first to use the GM 4L80-E transmission, and the quickest, most expensive, and most powerful Bentley of its day. A convertible derivative, the Bentley Azure, was launched in 1995. Many elements of the Continental R design were first seen at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show in Rolls-Royce's "Project 90" concept car, a mock-up of a future Bentley coupé. An enthusiastic reception led the company to develop the vehicle for production as the Continental R 1991. Based on the Bentley Turbo R floor pan, an aerodynamically shaped coupé body had been styled. The Continental debuted at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show, and the Sultan of Brunei purchased the show car on-site. The "Continental" designation recalls the Bentley Continental of the post-war period. The "R" was meant to recall the R Type Bentleys from the 1950s as well as the Turbo R of the 1980s. Described by the vendor as 'stunning' this 'R' is appropriately finished in British Racing Green with a full cream hide interior piped in green with heated seats front and rear and electric adjustment for the front two. Supplied with a current MoT certificate valid until January 2012 and a thorough service history from Bentley and Bentley specialists, this coupe is just as impressive on the road, it has the effortless speed and road manners that one would find in a Bentley. This well maintained example has only covered 61,000 miles from new and combines power with elegance, just as Bentley motorcars have been doing for over ninety years.
Coys, Royal Horticultural Halls, London
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