6,750cc OHV V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
Est. 220bhp at 4,100rpm
3-Speed GM Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
*Iconic Bentley Convertible
*Attractive white over magnolia color scheme
*Delivered new to Monaco
*Hand built and very limited production
THE BENTLEY CONTINENTAL
A key factor in Rolls-Royce's marketing strategy for the 1980s was the re-launch of Bentley. To rekindle interest in the marque, a glorious name from its past was resurrected - 'Continental' - and applied to the two-door model previously known, like its Rolls-Royce equivalent, as the Corniche. An inspired move, the Bentley's 1984 name change had the desired effect; sales, which in the 13 years since the Corniche's launch had amounted to a mere 77 Bentley-badged cars, totaling 421 for the succeeding 11 years of Continental production.
Introduced in March 1971, the Corniche was a revised version of the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied two-door variants of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series saloons, themselves notable as the Crewe factory's first unitary-construction cars. In Corniche form Rolls-Royce's well-tried 6.7-liter V8 produced around ten percent more power than standard and proved capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph, with sports car-beating acceleration to match. The model proved a major success for Bentley, and although its exterior style remained recognizably Silver Shadow, the Corniche/Continental benefited from the regular up-dates and improvements made to the contemporary Silver Spirit range, remaining in production well into the 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This stunning Continental was delivered new to British Motors in Monte Carlo within the Principality of Monaco. The perfect car with which to cruise the streets and boulevards of one of the wealthiest enclaves in the world, it was finished in White over Magnolia Connolly hides with a matching Cream Everflex top. With less than a square mile of space in the entire principality, it is no surprise the Bentley received minimal use. It later made its way to the Netherlands where it was purchased by the vendor in 2015 with 14,752 kilometers on the odometer.
Trading the tony and spectacularly wealthy environs of Monaco for the bucolic and also spectacularly wealthy environs of the Hamptons, this Bentley has been minimal driven in the summer months only and carefully stored during the winter months. The clean CARFAX report indicates regular maintenance has been performed at Bentley of Long Island in Jericho, New York. Today the Bentley shows barely over 18,000 kilometers (11,200 miles) on the ticker and is complete with original books, tools, jack, and more.
The Bentley Continental convertible was a very limited production car. All were hand built in the factory in Crewe. The attention to detail and build quality are absolutely suburb. The legendary 6.75 liter, hand built V8 provides an incredibly smooth flow of power, and the suspension is also exquisitely comfortable. These are great cars for RROC and BDC events. The opportunity to acquire it should not be missed.