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|Bentley Continental T Coupe by Mulliner/Park Ward|
Frank Dale & Stepsons
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|Year : 2001|
Make : Bentley
Model : Continental T
Coachbuilder : Mulliner/Park Ward
Body Type : Coupe
Colour : Black Sapphire
Trim : Cotswold Leather
History : Project 90 was unveiled by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd at the Geneva Motor Show in 1985 to wide acclaim. It was a full size fibre glass mock up of a future Bentley coupe, code named “Nepal.” Six years later at the same Geneva Motor Show the Bentley Continental R was unveiled to rapturous applause. It was described as the “first new Bentley since 1952” which of course is inaccurate. However it was the first Bentley not to share body styling with a Rolls-Royce for many decades. The Continental R had two things in common with its long lost cousin the R Type Continental, those being that the sleek coachwork styled by Mulliner/Park Ward was also designed in a wind tunnel and that it shared the same size 16 inch wheels, and was the first model to do so since the 1950’s. Its stylish lines were an immediate hit and although it was a new concept in appearance, the Continental R had some reassuringly familiar facets. The Bentley Turbo R’s 6.75 litre engine was fitted and the seating arrangement and dashboard layout were also very similar. The outstanding performance, elegant looks and excellent luggage capacity resulted in a Bentley that was very worthy of being named a Continental. In June 1996 a new and arguably improved variant was launched, aimed at the high performance market. The Continental T was four inches shorter than the Continental R, was fitted with a sports exhaust, 18 inch five spoke sports wheels fitted with very wide low profile tyres and came complete with flared wheel arches, giving the car a more dramatic appearance. The performance was also enhanced, with Zytek digital engine management and twin turbochargers with intercooler boosting the car to an impressive 420BHP. It was capable of reaching 60mph in less than six seconds and boasted a top speed of almost 170mph. The Continental T was also given some notable upgrades inside the cabin, with the choice of engine turned aluminium or mahogany dashboards and waist rails. Another retro feature is the red engine start button, recognising Bentley’s famous racing past. The dynamic looking interior was completed with chrome bezels surrounding each individual gauge and drilled sports pedals. The Continental T was produced in limited numbers with a total of just over 300 motor cars rolling off the production line at Crewe between 1996 and 2002. So to find such a well maintained example as the one we are currently offering for sale is a rarity. This late production example we are currently offering for sale was completed in March of 2001, finished in black sapphire with Cotswold leather interior contrasted in French navy. It is fitted with five spoke chrome sports wheels and the optional mahogany interior woodwork. This three owner motor car has travelled 45,000 miles and has been serviced and maintained by Bentley main agents and recognised marque specialists throughout its entire life. This striking Continental T is in very good condition in every respect and will undoubtedly provide its next owner with a great deal of motoring pleasure.
Condition : In very good condition in every respect with excellent history.
Technical Data : Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration engine, 6.7 litres displacement, 6750cc capacity, 420bhp. Ventilated disc brakes.
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Sold on the 29.10.2012
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