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Lot 121: Bentley Continental R

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

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 nineteen fifties. The car's body, styled by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, was a departure for the marque. It had a slight curvature in stark contrast to the flat-sided Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles of the time. While its 0.465 coefficient of drag was not in the super-car league , it was a huge improvement over previous Bentleys. The Continental R also featured roof-cut door frames,a subtle spoiler effect in the rear, and 18-inch alloy wheels.. The example offered here is a two owner car with full service history up to 27th May 2005, since when it has done just 1301 miles. The last recorded service was carried out by Broughtons of Cheltenham at 78, 522 miles. The odometer currently reads 80,818. The first owner covered 79, 517 miles in the car before selling it on to the next, that was 7 years ago. This means that the car has covered an average of 185 miles per year. This is due to the car being stored in a custom built garage and only used on rare, special occasions. Finished in Sebring red with magnolia hide the car is fully equipped and has the added bonus of a Tracker system, which would need to be activated by the new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
Lot Number121
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£25000
Condition rating
Registration numberN986 PYN
Chassis numberSCBZB15C2TCH53046
Engine number85285L410M/T1T
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2