2001 Bentley Azure Convertible
6,750cc OHV Turbocharged V8 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
385bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exquisite example of Bentley's flagship Convertible
*Less than 37,000 miles from new
*Opulent luxury inside and out
*Powerful Bentley V8 to match its looks
*Offered with CARFAX report and service history
The Bentley Azure
Based on the potent Bentley Continental R, the drop head Azure version was one of the fastest and most powerful cars of the era. The Geneva Auto Salon was chosen to launch what would turn out to be the first Bentley model in several decades to use an entirely new name 'Azure' - which, like 'Corniche' and 'Camargue', evoked exotic destinations in the south of France. The famous Italian styling house Pininfarina a firm with unrivalled experience in the design of soft-top Gran Turismos had been chosen to develop the Azure on the four-seater Continental R platform, and there was no question that the result was most successful.
Body shells were assembled in Italy by Pininfarina, fitted with the automatic soft-top, painted and shipped to the UK for finishing at the Bentley factory at Crewe. Mechanically the Azure was similar to the Continental R, but with an engine further up-rated to 385bhp. Hailed by its maker as 'the world's best convertible', the Azure lived up to that grand title, proving an immense success especially in the US where its combination of unmatched luxury, effortless performance and soft-top style was highly attractive. When production ceased in 2003 a total of only 1,321 Azures of all types had been built.
The Motorcar Offered
The fine Azure offered here was completed by Crewe's skilled craftsmen in the spring of 2001. It was soon after shipped to the US, where its first owner, a New Jersey resident, took delivery in July that same year. By 2003 the Bentley was in Arizona, where it remained for about a year, before heading east once more, to Naples, Florida. The car would remain in Florida until 2013, receiving periodic service and maintenance.
Finished in an elegant shade of Maroon over an interior trimmed in tan Connolly hides with neatly color-coded maroon piping, the Bentley shows very well. Luxury carpets and walnut wood finishes invite passengers into a rarefied environment. All imaginable amenities are present in the cabin, while its convertible top allows its lucky occupants to take full advantage of fair weather days. With fewer than 37,000 miles from new, service history included and a clean CARFAX report, this is a very fine Bentley that should provide much enjoyment for its next keeper.
- Please note that this car will only be available for collection after noon on Friday January 17th.