"The Bentley Azure was launched in 1995, based on the platform of the Continental R Coupé which had been launched in 1991. The Azure often surprised with its size and bulk, intended to both convey a sense of presence and allow for comfortable seating of four adult passengers. Power came from the company's Stalwart 6.75 litre V8, featuring a single intercooled turbocharger producing in the region of 380bhp. The gearbox was a General Motors sourced four-speed automatic unit with the Azure capable of 0 to 60mph in an impressive 6.1 seconds. Owing to the limited space at Bentley's Crewe factory, the Azure was designed and manufactured by Pininfarina, significantly adding to the vehicle's production cost. From 1999, the Azure was also available in 'Mulliner Trim' which added special bespoke trim and additional equipment, thus allowing the buyer the option for further customisation during the build process. Pricing varied as equipment could be significantly different from one to the next depending on personal preferences.
This 1997 Bentley Azure was supplied new by Harwoods of Sussex who also carried out the first service. This Azure has been well-maintained by Jack Barclay and then, until 2009, with Chelsea Workshop and Finchley Motors, London. In 2010, a general brake overhaul took place as well as a light service. Recently the car has received a ‘no expense spared’ full service at the vendors local Bentley main agent. Purchased by the late vendor in 2014 with 69,000 miles showing on the odometer, which shows the car has covered less than 3,000 miles during his ownership. Finished in Racing Green with matching mohair roof, Sandstone leather interior and Portland Stone Wilton carpets, this lovely Azure is supplied with V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires 21th May 2019 and a file containing service history. The Bentley Azure is a Grand Tourer offering enormous style and luxury, whether you are going to the shops or travelling to the Côte d’Azur, this Bentley Azure is just about the perfect vehicle."