1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé  Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055 Engine no. 80296L410MTKR

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Lot 628
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé
Registration no. K996 KHK Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055 Engine no. 80296L410MTKR

Sold for £ 32,500 (US$ 39,196)
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé
Registration no. K996 KHK
Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055
Engine no. 80296L410MTKR

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 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.

    This left-hand drive Continental R was previously used in Germany and comes with R-R.E.C. specification/build sheets and driver’s instruction book. Finished in Royal Ebony with matching red-piped black leather interior, the car is offered with current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé  Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055 Engine no. 80296L410MTKR
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé  Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055 Engine no. 80296L410MTKR
1993 Bentley Continental R Coupé  Chassis no. SCBZB03C5RCX52055 Engine no. 80296L410MTKR
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