11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503

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Lot 263A
11,500 miles from new, 2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe
Chassis no. 67503

Sold for € 138,000 (US$ 164,095) inc. premium
11,500 miles from new
2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe
Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward

Chassis no. 67503
“Presenting the Torque Monster, wearing a tuxedo and black sunglasses: the Bentley Continental T…What propels this huge touring coupe is what motivated this entire story- torque, and more of it than you can find anywhere on earth in any production car, or truck, thank you…The baddest luxury car ever created accelerates with the linear quality and near silence of an electric bullet train. Yet, belying its tire-burning performance, this Bentley truly is the quintessential luxury machine. It pampers in an unabashedly hedonistic old-world manner, with supple and sweetly aromatic leather, near-silent operation, and a visual and tactile treasure trove of hand-polished chrome switchgear, machined aluminum, wool carpeting, and the famous red starter button.” That was how authoritative US publication Motor Trend reported the launch of the Bentley Continental T.
A few years later, actor and collector Rowan Atkinson compared the Continental T to the then-new GT model for British performance magazine Evo and came away asking: “Does the venerable Continental T do anything better? Well, quite a few things actually but they’re less easily measured…I think they put a lot of effort into the Continental T and it shows. It’s got such life and soul.” Observing that the mass produced newer model is “a fine car” although “too rational”, Atkinson concludes: “But if you’re looking for a long term love affair with a flawed, fascinating and passionate companion, you should think seriously about a Continental T.”
The last and most powerful model built by the Bentley firm before its German takeover, and also one of the rarest, the brutally-styled Continental T emphasized performance as its primary goal in a manner that recalled the short-chassis Speed Six of 1929. The turbocharged V8's 420 bhp and staggering 590 lb/ft (later 440bhp and 650 lb/ft) made it not only the fastest production Bentley ever, but gave it the highest torque of any car then on the market. Bentley claimed 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 170mph. Just 322 examples were made, 1996-2002, later ones such as this car (where the engineers were given a free rein) boasting detail improvements including increased power and a higher top speed.
This 2001 model was delivered via Bentley Rancho Mirage in January that year to first owner King Entertainment Inc. of Lake Forest, California. The purchaser spared no expense in specifying his new Bentley, the price of which approached $350,000: features include black coachwork and matching black hide (‘through dyed’ in Mulliner-speak): the headlining, carpet binding, centre console, rear parcel shelf, seat main trim and piping, steering wheel, top roll, underdash and sun visors all match, giving this Continental T an unusually elegant yet businesslike look which subtly hints at the effortless performance lurking beneath.
Its specification includes all the desirable options including front wing vents, stainless steel headlamp surrounds, burr walnut veneered dashboard, waistrails and door panels, embroidered emblems to the headrests and parking sensors front and rear.
Paperwork accompanying the Bentley shows that when serviced almost two years after delivery the total mileage covered was just 1,029; in the intervening years the car has remained in collections including those of Paul Forbes (Norfolk, VA), John Carr (Norfolk, VA) and actor Nicolas Cage (Hollywood, CA), the latter well-known for his penchant for black sports cars. In 2008, with a mere 11,100 miles covered from new, it returned to Europe and is now offered with both German and Swiss tax free plates, with (duplicate) service book and owners manual in their factory wallet. The car has just emerged from the workshops of world renowned specialists P&A Wood following a comprehensive test and report (copy available), fitting of four new Pirelli Assimetrico tyres and a full service; the cost of this work was some £4,371 and the car needs for absolutely nothing.

This is an exceptional example of a last-of-the-line modern classic, as close to new as one could reasonably expect and built to the ultimate specification, ready to be enjoyed for many years by its fortunate next owner

Ce modèle 2001 a été livré cette même année par Bentley Rancho Mirage à son premier propriétaire, King Entertainment Inc., de Lake Forest, Californie. L'acheteur a dépensé sans compter pour personnaliser sa nouvelle Bentley, dont le prix a approché 350 000 $. Les équipements comportent une carrosserie noire et cuir noir assorti ("through dyed" — pleine teinture, dans le vocabulaire Mulliner) : garnissage de pavillon, galons de moquettes, console centrale, plage arrière, sellerie de sièges et passepoils, volant, garnitures de tableau de bord et rétroviseurs sont tous assortis, ce qui procure à cette Continental T une allure élégante mais également sérieuse, qui évoque subtilement la puissance sans effort tapie sous le capot.

Les spécifications comportent toutes les options désirables comme les ouïes d'ailes avant, les entourages de phares en inox, la planche de bord ainsi que les habillages de portes en ronce de noyer, les emblèmes brodés sur les appuis-tête et les radars de parking avant et arrière.

Les documents accompagnant la voiture montrent que, lors de la révision effectuée presque deux ans après livraison, le kilométrage total se limitait à 1 029 miles (1 647 km). Depuis, la voiture est restée dans des collections incluant celles de Paul Forbes (Norfolk, Virginie), de John Carr (Norfolk, Virginie) et de l'acteur Nicolas Cage (Hollywood, Californie), dont on connaît le penchant pour les voitures de sport noires. En 2008, n'ayant couvert que 11 100 miles (17 760 km) depuis sa livraison neuve, elle est revenue en Europe et est offerte maintenant avec des plaques allemandes ainsi que suisses, un carnet d'entretien (duplicata) et un manuel d'utilisateur dans leur étui original. La voiture sort tout juste des ateliers des spécialistes mondialement connus P&A Wood, suite à une vérification intégrale (rapport disponible), l'installation de quatre pneus Pirelli Assimetrico neufs et une révision complète. Le coût de ces travaux s'est élevé à 4 371 £ et la voiture n'a besoin d'absolument rien de plus.

Il s'agit d'un exemplaire exceptionnel d'un des derniers "classiques" modernes, aussi proche du neuf que l'on peut raisonnablement l'espérer et fabriqué aux spécifications ultimes, prêt à faire le bonheur pendant de longues années de son heureux prochain propriétaire.

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11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
11,500 miles from new,2001 Bentley Continental T Short Chassis Coupe  Chassis no. 67503
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