1993 Bentley Continental R
missile; well maintained and in regular use; 29 services to date; 480lb/ft of
creamy turbo thrust; heated seats; cruise control; is there a finer way to
get from A to B?
Surely the most arresting Bentley of modern times, the
Continental R received a standing ovation when it was launched at the 1991
Geneva Motor Show and the Sultan of Brunei bought the show car on the spot.
Sleek, opulent and with an air of brooding menace, it was
nothing like the slab-sided Bentleys of old with dramatic Coke-bottle styling by
John Heffernan and Ken Greenley. A brute in a well-cut suit, it packed a mighty
punch from its turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 with an estimated 350bhp and 480lb/ft
of torque. Driving through an all-new 4-speed GM4L80-E transmission with a Sport
setting and ‘overdrive’ on top, it could whoosh to 60 in just 6.6 seconds and
was capable of cruising effortlessly at speeds of up to 150mph. It also had
remarkably sure-footed handling thanks to state-of-the-art adaptive ride
suspension. The interior was as lavish as you would expect for £197,000 with
acres of the finest burr walnut, hand-stitched leather and heated front
Supplied new by Lancaster of Northampton in November 1993,
this Continental looks great in Royal Blue with a grey hide interior. Used
as its makers intended, it has covered some 150,800 miles to date with an
excellent service history comprising 27 stamps up to 134,859 miles in December
2012 (when the service book runs out of pages) plus many supporting invoices. In
October 2017 at 139,334 miles it had another major service at marque specialists
Hanwells of London which cost £4,000 (invoice on file).
Our vendor acquired the car via Brightwells in November
2019 (for substantially more than the guide price suggested here) and has
continued to look after it well, including a three-year service in January 2020
when the engine was also flushed and the air con was re-gassed. A rear brake
sphere was also replaced in January this year along with two new braided brake
hoses and another oil and filter change.
As you can see, the car rides on later 18" alloys shod
with good Pirelli P-Zero tyres which are slightly larger than the
original, smaller diameter alloys. Retaining its original handbooks and the two
Bentley umbrellas in the boot, it was driven to the sale and has been starting
instantly and running well as we have moved it around on site, with an MOT
to July 2022 with just a couple of advisories (‘slight seepage from power
steering rack; n/s/f shock absorber light misting of oil’).
A sure-fire classic of the future, just 1,236 Continental
R Coupes were made before production came to an end in 2002 and ownership has
always been restricted to a privileged few. This is your chance to join that
exclusive club – and you won’t need to be the Sultan of Brunei to afford it!
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or