Chassis no: SCBZB25E32CH01771
Registration: DG02 NNE
Vintage and Prestige are proud to offer this 2002 Bentley Continental R Mulliner Wide Body For Sale.
Registartion: DG02 NNE
Chassis no: SCBZB25E32CH01771
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 John Heffernan and Ken Greenley at Worthing-based 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 325bhp Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to under 7 seconds and boosting top speed to around 150mph.
As if that wasn't enough, there was even more performance available from the follow-on Continental S and Continental R Mulliner versions. Introduced at Geneva in the spring of 1999, the latter was the most powerful Bentley after the Continental T, boasting a maximum output of 420bhp and a staggering 650ft/lb of torque, the latter delivered at all of 2,200rpm.
The 0-60mph time dropped slightly, to a fraction under 6 seconds, while top speed went up to 167mph. Improved suspension, quicker steering, switchable traction control and massive 18" diameter wheels helped keep the 2,450kg plot under control. Only 131 Bentley Continental R Mulliners were made between 1999 and 2003 at a basic price of £225,000, although as each was produced to individual customer order where was considerable variation.
This striking Continental R comes to us with no fewer than 13 stamps in the service book and just 34,000 miles on the clock, all services have been provided by either main dealers of Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists.
The paintwork is finished in the darkest of blues ‘Black Saphire’ this is un-marked, with no scratches or dents around the car.
The interior is adorned in acres of un-marked Cotswold Hide, the seat conditions are excellent and it is questionable whether or not the rear seats have ever been sat in. There is a beautiful array of burr walnut veneer sweeping through the car, which is in perfect condition.
French navy hide to the top roll, steering wheel centre, centre console and gear knob. To finish the interior look you have dark blue Wilton carpets to the floor and lower door cards.
A beautiful and rare car ready to be driven away.
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