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Bentley Continental R Classic Cars (Uk) For Sale

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  • RefCode: TA1129439
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Category: Saloon
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Green
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

2 door Fastback by H.J. Mulliner

CALL 01371 809 874
  • RefCode: TA1181400
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Derivative: MULLINER WIDE-BODY
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 2,000
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 16th/17th Jan 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Arizona Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 16 - 17 January 2020. One of as few as 131 examples builtFastidiously maintained and rarely driven by one private caretaker from newShowing only 3,600 miles; recently servicedAccompanied by owners manuals and documented with a factory build sheetA showroom-quality Bentley ideal for marque collectors and luxury motoring enthusiasts Introduced in 1991, the Continental R was the first Bentley in 26 years to not share a body style with a concurrent Rolls-Royce and was inspired by the highly collectible Continental R-Type of the 1950s. The elegant two-door coachwork was styled by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, a duo whose résumé included sports cars like the Aston Martin Virage. Five years later Bentley introduced a short-wheelbase version dubbed the Continental T that was equipped with an uprated engine developing 420 hp and an impressive 650 foot-pounds of torque available at only 2,200 rpm. Bentley customers soon expressedinterest in equipping the wide-body Continental R model with the Ts more powerful engine, and the Continental R Mulliner was consequently introduced at the 1999 Geneva Salon. The nomenclature was an homage to H.J. Mulliner, the British coachbuilder responsible for the original R-Types breathtaking fastback bodywork. The R Mulliners wide-body configuration offered spacious interior elegance, while the twin-turbocharged V-8 was capable of rocketing the car to a top speed of nearly 170 mph, with brisk 5.6-second sprints to 60 mph from standstill. Individually tailored to customer order, the R Mulliner was Bentleys ultimate 20th-century combination of luxury and performance, produced in a modest quantity of as few as 131 examples.Exhibiting showroom condition, this exquisite Continental R Mulliner benefits from minimal use by just one owner. According to a factory build sheet, chassis no. YCX63316 was factory-finished in Black Emerald over a two-tone interior of spruce leather and trim complemented bycedar carpets and lambswool rugs, and was optioned with no body vents, a hood anti-intrusion device, and a center trunk B-badge in green. The Continental was also fitted with chrome wheels. The Bentley was retailed by Royal Motor Cars of Atlanta and purchased new by a local enthusiast who retained possession through 2019, constituting 19 years of single ownership. In that time the car accrued only 3,600 miles, and it has recently been serviced in preparation for the current offering. Accompanied by the original owners manuals and documented with the factory build sheet, this superlative Continental R Mulliner would make a striking addition to any gathering of high-performance luxury cars. It offers a fantastic complement to any collection as the pinnacle of Bentleys 20th-century motoring.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az20.

CALL 020 7851 7070
  • RefCode: TA1132010
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,955
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A

Bentley R-Type Continental 1955 D-Series Fastback by H.J. Mulliner

CALL 01371 809 874
  • RefCode: TA1149900
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,953
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The decision was taken in 1950 to develop a Bentley motor car capable of producing high maximum speeds ideal for Continental touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The higher speeds were to be coupled with correspondingly high rates of acceleration and excellent handling. In order to achieve these lofty ambitions a tremendous amount of research and testing were conducted using quarter scale models in the Hucknall wind tunnel. Extensive testing and alterations allowed Ivan Evernden and John Blatchley of the Motor Car Division to design a body not only of exceptional style, but also of an aerodynamic shape that reduced drag and achieved excellent levels of stability even at speeds in excess of 100mph. By late summer of 1951 the drawings and scale models became reality with the creation of the prototype R Type Continental which in time became known as OLGA. Every weight saving opportunity was taken in the production of OLGA, with the majority of the car being crafted from lightweight aluminium.This included the body, window frames, bumpers and even the seat frames. In September of 1951 testing began in France under the supervision of Walter Sleator who was the managing director of Garage Franco-Britannique, the Rolls-Royce agent in Paris. Sleator was well qualified for such a task being an ex-racing driver. Following extensive testing and refinements production began in early 1952. The R Type Continental was at the time the fastest production four seater car in the world, capable of speeds of well in excess of 100mph. The Continental chassis shared many similarities with the Mk VI and R Type chassis, sharing suspension, steering and brake components. However the combination of the fitment of a high ratio back axle, the lightweight construction and the smaller sleeker body style resulted in performance that was far and beyond superior to any car Bentley had previously produced in the post war era. The chassis were assembled in Crewe with the vast majority of the 208 built then transportedto London by train where they were fitted with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner of Chiswick, with all but fifteen cars fitted with their fastback bodies. The A, B and C series cars were fitted with 4.5 litre engines that displaced 4,566cc and produced 158bhp. Chassis No BC3C which we are currently offering for sale was originally completed in August of 1953, finished in black with a beige leather interior. It was also ordered with six fitted suitcases, a removable centre arm rest in the front of the cabin and a compass on the nearside of the dashboard. It was supplied by H.A.Fox & Co to its first owner, Mr H.C.Coriat of England in September of 1953. Mr Coriat retained the car for a little over a year and sold it in December of 1954 to Mr Guy Moreton. It was then owned by Mr R.H.Baker from 1960 until 1975 when it was purchased by Mr Leon Shapiro of the United States. It was acquired by Mr John Harwood in January of 1976 who kept the car in New York until around 1985 when he relocated to London, bringingBC3C with him. Once back in London, Mr Harwood decided to restore BC3C to its former glory. The body was removed and the works commenced, but for reasons unknown the car was not completed and it subsequently was put into storage where it remained for many years. In around 2010 the car was sold in a partially finished state at auction following Mr Harwoods passing. At this point the restoration recommenced with coachwork, mechanical, trim, chrome and woodwork restoration. In more recent times the engine was overhauled and prior to being offered for sale Frank Dale & Stepsons have prepared the car to showroom condition. It comes mechanically prepared and tested and is complete with copy chassis cards and historical documentation. This handsome R Type Continental is perhaps the most sought after specification in its original colour scheme, with rear wheel spats, air conditioning mounted on the parcel shelf, manual transmission and bucket seats and should be seriously considered by anyone looking toacquire a superb example of this iconic Bentley Continental.

CALL 0208 226 3040
  • RefCode: TA1142070
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,953
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The decision was taken in 1950 to develop a Bentley motor car capable of producing high maximum speeds ideal for Continental touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The higher speeds were to be coupled with correspondingly high rates of acceleration and excellent handling. In order to achieve these lofty ambitions a tremendous amount of research and testing were conducted using quarter scale models in the Hucknall wind tunnel. Extensive testing and alterations allowed Ivan Evernden and John Blatchley of the Motor Car Division to design a body not only of exceptional style, but also of an aerodynamic shape that reduced drag and achieved excellent levels of stability even at speeds in excess of 100mph. By late summer of 1951 the drawings and scale models became reality with the creation of the prototype R Type Continental which in time became known as OLGA. Every weight saving opportunity was taken in the production of OLGA, with the majority of the car being crafted from lightweight aluminium.This included the body, window frames, bumpers and even the seat frames. In September of 1951 testing began in France under the supervision of Walter Sleator who was the managing director of Garage Franco-Britannique, the Rolls-Royce agent in Paris. Sleator was well qualified for such a task being an ex-racing driver. Following extensive testing and refinements production began in early 1952. The R Type Continental was at the time the fastest production four seater car in the world, capable of speeds of well in excess of 100mph. The Continental chassis shared many similarities with the Mk VI and R Type chassis, sharing suspension, steering and brake components. However the combination of the fitment of a high ratio back axle, the lightweight construction and the smaller sleeker body style resulted in performance that was far and beyond superior to any car Bentley had previously produced in the post war era. The chassis were assembled in Crewe with the vast majority of the 208 built then transportedto London by train where they were fitted with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner of Chiswick, with all but fifteen cars fitted with their fastback bodies. The A, B and C series cars were fitted with 4.5 litre engines that displaced 4,566cc and produced 158bhp. Chassis No BC11A which we are currently offering for sale is one of the very first R Type Continentals produced. It was originally completed in late 1952 and then delivered in February of 1953 to its first owner Mrs Loel Guinness. It was supplied through Franco Britannic Automobiles, the French Rolls-Royce agent, finished in Tudor grey with a maroon leather interior (VM 3186) Mrs Guinness was the third wife of British MP Thomas Loel Guinness who was a member of the famous brewing dynasty. In January 1955 the car was sold through Franco Britannic once again, to Lemaigre Dubreuil and then again in 1964 when it was sold to Mr M Rambuteau. Chassis No BC11A returned to the UK for the first time in 1967 when supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd to Mr Guy May. Thecar had three further owners between 1969 and 1977, on each occasion Jack Barclay Ltd were the selling agent. In November 1978 the car was purchased by the present owner who has retained it ever since. In late 2003 the car was improved with a bare metal re-paint, woodwork restoration, chrome re-plating and a sympathetic restoration to the interior with new carpets, headlining and a few improvements to the original leather. The car was recently prepared by ourselves for sale and is in beautiful condition, the coachwork is of a very high standard, mechanically the car is in excellent condition and the interior is charmingly patinated. The specification of manual gears, bucket seats and rear wheel spats is also one of the most attractive and desirable configurations available on the R Type Continental in our opinion. It comes complete with its original handbook, original service manual, copy chassis cards, photographs from the restoration works, tools and history file. Chassis No BC11A is a beautifulearly production, lightweight example of this iconic model which comes fully prepared for its next fortunate owners enjoyment.

CALL 0208 226 3040
  • RefCode: TA1134008
  • Make: BENTLEY
  • Model: CONTINENTAL R
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,952
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon

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