<b>2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner</b><br />VIN. SCBZB25E22CX01791

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2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner
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2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner
VIN. SCBZB25E22CX01791

6,750cc OHV V8 Engine
Fuel Injection
420bhp
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of 148 Built
*One owner from new
*Just 6,400 total miles
*Stately Black Sapphire exterior


THE BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R

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 385bhp Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to 6.1 seconds and boosting top speed to 151mph.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As production continued through the decade, increasing iterations of the platform were introduced offering customers further performance and features. The exclusive Continental R Mulliner was just one of these new models with only 148 examples produced over several model years. Effectively a standard wheelbase version of the sporty Continental R, the Mulliner shared the titanic 420 horsepower turbocharged engine and aggressive flared fenders of its squatter sibling while providing additional legroom to its rear passengers.

The example on offer left the Crewe factory in 2002 to be delivered to its original, and only owner in Greenwich, Connecticut. Well appointed, the exterior is dressed in deep Black Sapphire paint, a stygian blue that reveals its true depth in the sunlight, while the interior is swathed in acres of Cotswold leather with French Navy contrasting elements throughout. Dark blue carpets complete the stately look.

Owned with care and sparingly used, roughly 6,400 miles have accumulated on the vehicles odometer during the vehicle's 16-year life. Unsurprisingly, the Bentley presents in fine conditional all around. The Interior shows minimal signs of wear and the forest worth of wood on the dash shows little in the way of age.

This vehicle represents a fine opportunity to obtain a shining and well specified example of one the rarer and well-regarded Bentleys of the modern era.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note a clerking error by the CT DMV has led to an incorrect reportage of mileage on the registration and subsequently the Carfax. Service records confirm the roughly 6,400 miles on the odometer as correct - as a result, the title will be in transit.
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