2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503

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2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé
Registration no. DE51 EZK Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 69,925) inc. premium
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé
Registration no. DE51 EZK
Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
*Supplied new in the UK
*Automatic transmission
*Circa 52,500 miles from new
*Full service history

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 '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 6.2 seconds and boosting top speed to in excess of 150mph.

    There was even more to come in the form of the Continental T. Introduced in June 1996, the latter was a short-wheelbase version of the Continental R, some 4" being taken out of the chassis aft of the doors. With 400bhp at its disposal and crouching aggressively on 18" wheels, the low-slung Continental T looked every inch the thoroughbred Bentley sports car, the cockpit with its engine-turned dashboard recalling the heroic exploits of W O's 1920s racers. The engine start button was another neat 'retro' touch. Despite weighing as much as two Ford Mondeo 1.8s, the luxuriously appointed Continental T was certainly no slouch, racing to 60mph in a tyre-shredding 5.8 seconds on its way to a (governor limited) top speed of 156mph. Equally eye-watering was the price: £220,312 at time of launch.

    Supplied by Broughton's of Cheltenham, this Bentley Continental T has had three previous owners. It was serviced by Broughton's, Jack Barclay, and Michael Powles, Norwich before being taken to the owner's house in France and maintained there by Farl DLS, St Rene. The most recent major works saw the car fitted with new tyres, brakes, and suspension springs, and given a 'Type 2' service in 2012 (parts supplied Jack Barclay, labour by Farl DLS). The stamped service booklet is on file, and the car also comes with a handbook, a binder of bills, MoT to July 2017, a V5C registration document, and two sets of keys.
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2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
2001 Bentley Continental T Coupé  Chassis no. ZCBZU25E82CH01503
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