1997 Bentley Continental

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1997
  • Mileage 
    33 000 mi / 53 109 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    SCBZU23C2VCH53473
  • Engine number 
    87093L410M/T1T/S
  • Lot number 
    323
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Racing Green
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic

Description

Registered to the first of just three owners on the 15/07/1997Supplied by Jack Barclay in Racing Green with Sandstone leather interiorAt launch, the Continental was hailed as the first proper Bentley for nearly 60 yearsThe 22 service stamps show a veritable Whos Who of main dealer and Bentley specialistsThe odometer reading is some 33,000 miles (atoc) and the car was last MOT'd in 2010This car has formed part of a large collection with little or no use. An element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once againBentley's 1980's 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 coup 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 'overdrive' top ratio, but the main focus of interest was the newcomer's performance. Needless to say, this was outstanding, the combination of the Turbo R engine in the new wind-cheating shape cutting the 0-60mph time to 6.2 seconds and boosting top speed to in excess of 150mph.There was even more to come in the form of the Continental T. Introduced in June 1996, the latter was a short-wheelbase version of the Continental R, some 4" being taken out of the chassis aft of the doors. With 400bhp at its disposal and crouching aggressively on 18" wheels, the low-slung Continental T looked every inch the thoroughbred Bentley sports car, the cockpit with its engine-turned dashboard recalling the heroic exploits of W O's 1920s racers. The engine start button was another neat 'retro' touch. Despite weighing as much as two Ford Mondeo 1.8s, the luxuriously appointed Continental T was certainly no slouch, racing to 60mph in a tyre-shredding 5.8 seconds on its way to a (governor limited) top speed of 156mph. Equally eye-watering was the price: 220,312 at time of launch.Supplied new via Jack Barclay in July 1997, this Continental T has covered only 33,000 miles from new and comes with a full service history with Jack Barclay, Nine Elms to July 2002 and then Michael Powles, Norwich to 2008. The car was last serviced by P & A Wood in September 2009 at 32,964 miles. There are 22 recorded services with fewer than 1,000 miles between many of them, indicating a fastidious approach to care and maintenance. Finished in Racing Green with Sandstone hide interior, the car comes with specification sheets listing fully veneered door cappings, sports-style steering wheel, Spruce hide piping, roof-mounted aerial and Burr Walnut centre console among the special factory-fitted options.The previous owner purchased the car at auction in 2010 and it changed hands in 2014 to the third registered keeper. It has formed a part of a large collection which includedsome historically significant Bentley R-Type Continentals and S-series drophead-coupes. The odometer reading is some 33,000 miles, at the time of cataloguing, and the car was last MOT'd in 2010. Although stored correctly and presenting well, the car hasnt had much in the way of maintenance or servicing and consequently is beingsold as a non-runner. We would caution any buyer to treat the car to a thorough going over upon delivery.In recent years this car has formed part of a large collection and as such has received little or no use and an element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once again. Your inspection pre-sale is welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the potential of this rarely offered motor car.You can now book a one to one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between the 16th and 30th July. Please contact Arwel Richards on 07434 960868 or [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.