1999 Bentley ContinentalSC
Year of manufacture1999
The Continental T, developed from the Bentley Continental R and launched in 1996, benefited from sportier handling and increased power. A 2+2 coupe, it featured a four-inch shorter wheelbase and extended front and rear wheel arches. Underhood offered an incredible 400 bhp and 590 foot-pounds of torque, capable of moving the Continental to a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
An extremely limited production run of the Continental T, the Bentley Continental Sedanca Coupe, or ‘SC,’ was subtly restyled. The front gained more aggressive vents complete with diamond mesh, though it was the roof that was the true show stopper. Consisting of a specially designed and removable center roof section in two pieces, when removed the roof could be stored in a special compartment in the trunk. Costing around $300,000, just 73 SCs were made, with a further six being finished by Mulliner.
Offered here is one of these rare Bentleys, with an incredible low mileage confirmed by the accompanying clean CARFAX report. First registered in California, the original owner moved the SC to Maryland, Florida, and finally Massachusetts before selling the stunning Continental SC in 2011 after over a decade of ownership. The second owner, resident of Massachusetts, offered the Bentley for sale in early 2017 – at which time it had been driven just 5,729 miles.
Upon acquisition by the current owner, the Bentley was sent to Bentley Beverly Hills, where a full service was performed. Work in late 2018 included the installation of a new battery, repair to the steering rack, and the fitting of new engine belts. Rarely offered on the open market, this limited-production Bentley Continental SC has the added draw of being an incredibly low-mileage example.
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