1994 Bentley Continental R Coupe, Chassis no. SCBZB03C6RCX52212 Engine no. 82269L410MTKP
Lot 352
Registration no. L810 WGK Chassis no. SCBZB03C6RCX52212 Engine no. 82269L410MTKP
£25,000 - 30,000
US$ 42,000 - 50,000
amended
Auction Details
1994 Bentley Continental R Coupe, Chassis no. SCBZB03C6RCX52212 Engine no. 82269L410MTKP 1994 Bentley Continental R Coupe, Chassis no. SCBZB03C6RCX52212 Engine no. 82269L410MTKP
Lot Details
1994 Bentley Continental R Coupe

Registration no. L810 WGK
Chassis no. SCBZB03C6RCX52212
Engine no. 82269L410MTKP

Footnotes

  • 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 Sports Car' 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.

    Finished in black with black-piped Parchment leather interior (changed from back), this left-hand drive example currently displays a total of 26,451 kilometres (approximately 16,500 miles) on the odometer. Noteworthy features include Continental T-style widened front/rear wheelarches, new 18" five-spoke alloy wheels and new Goodyear tyres. Described as in generally good condition, with excellent interior, the car is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle does not have a current MoT, the most recent MoT expired Nov 2013. Our engineer has inspected this car and suggests that the head gasket may be leaking, the car will require a service and attention prior to use.
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