Circa 28,000 miles from new,1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé  Chassis no. SCBZB03D3PCH42620 Engine no. 77523L410I/TKN
Lot 123
Circa 28,000 miles from new,1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé Chassis no. SCBZB03D3PCH42620 Engine no. 77523L410I/TKN
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 48,323) inc. premium
Lot Details
Circa 28,000 miles from new
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé
Registration no. K1 NBP
Chassis no. SCBZB03D3PCH42620
Engine no. 77523L410I/TKN


  • By the end of the 1970s, Bentleys accounted for a mere 3% of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' production, clearly a situation that could not be tolerated if the once-famous marque was to avoid extinction. The solution was to seek to re-establish Bentley's credentials as the purveyor of high-performance luxury cars, and in a move calculated to evoke memories of the company's glorious past achievements at Le Mans, the name 'Mulsanne' was chosen for the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit's counterpart. This strategy would succeed brilliantly. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1982, the Mulsanne Turbo provoked a rash of headlines in the motoring press hailing the return of the 'Blower Bentley' - the 'Silent Sportscar' was back.

    Bentley's 1980s resurgence had hitherto relied exclusively on models whose basic architecture was shared with other Rolls-Royce products but on display at Geneva in '85 was 'Project 90', a mocked-up coupé intended to gauge public response to the idea of a high-performance car unique to Bentley. When the real thing - the Bentley Continental R - was unveiled six years later, the waiting crowd burst into spontaneous applause. Styled with the assistance of consultants International Automotive Design, the Continental R benefited from computer-aided design and wind tunnel testing in the devising of its sleekly streamlined shape. Despite the need to incorporate non-traditional features such as doors recessed into the roof, the result looked every bit a Bentley, albeit one restated for the 1990s. Also new was the gearbox, a four-speed automatic with an 'overdrive' top ratio, but the main focus of interest was the newcomer's performance. Needless to say, this was outstanding, the combination of the Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to under 6 seconds and boosting top speed to in excess of 150mph.

    First registered on 15th February 1993, this beautiful Continental R has seen relatively little use since coming into the current private ownership in 2003. Purchased from Bentley Manchester and previously registered 'TOF 500' and 'GB 461', the car is finished in dark British Racing Green with matching carpets and green-piped Parchment leather upholstery. Approximately 28,000 miles have been covered from new (some 7,000 of them in the current ownership) and the Bentley remains in virtually 'as delivered' condition. Bentley Manchester's summary of the 1993-2002 service history is on file together with their invoice for a routine service dated 14th August 2008 (at 26,898 miles). Representing a rare opportunity to acquire one of these sensational modern Bentleys, only 1,290 of which were made between 1991 and 2002, the car is offered with MoT to September 2013 and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.
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