2004 Bentley Continental GT
Only 47,500 miles from new with 9 services to date; new rear tyres; double glazing; very smart indeed
Ecstatically received by press and public alike – "with all that torque you feel you are moving the earth rather than the car", said one journalist – the Bentley Continental GT won many plaudits when it first went on sale in 2003 and has remained in production to this day, earning an enviable reputation for reliability along the way. Who can forget the sight of Jeremy Clarkson nonchalantly hammering one through the jungles of Madagascar in a particularly crazy episode of The Grand Tour?
A sleek 4-seater 2-door coupe, it was new from top to bottom and featured a 5,998cc W12 twin-turbo engine that produced a monumental 560bhp and 480lb/ft of torque, developed from just 1,600rpm all the way up to the 6,100rpm redline.
Power was transmitted to all four wheels via a 6-speed ZF gearbox, a combination of grip and grunt that endowed the 2.35-tonne leviathan with tremendous pace, 60mph coming up in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed on the far side of 190mph. The only downside was the £130,000 required to put one in your garage but scroll forward nearly 20 years and you can now pick up a good one for less than the price of a new VW Golf.
This is definitely one of the good ones. Supplied new by Jack Barclay of London in September 2004, it has covered only 47,500 miles to date with an excellent service history comprising 8 stamps in the book, the last at 46,148 miles in September 2019, plus an invoice for one further service in January this year.
Finished in Moonbeam Silver Metallic with a magnolia hide interior, it is packed with all the usual Bentley luxuries, including optional double glazing to keep the noise of the riff raff out. It has also been fitted with a Tracker theft recovery device although the subscription will need to be renewed to activate this. Recently fitted with new rear tyres, it carries an MOT until January 2022 with no advisories recorded. The puddle light on the driver's door mirror is missing its perspex cover but the light itself still works.
The V5C records five former keepers, the fourth of whom owned it for 13 years (2006 – 2018). Our vendor, a long-standing member of the BDC/RREC and a serial owner/restorer of vintage Bentleys, acquired the car in 2018 as stablemate for a much older Bentley but sadly ill health means that he is now forced to part with it far sooner than anticipated.
Clarkson was so impressed with his Madagascan GT that he shipped it back to his farm in the Cotswolds and kept it. The next owner of this one could easily get equally attached. Go on, you only live once…
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