1995 Bentley Continental R
British opulence at its finest; beautiful Continental R from long term, caring ownership in the right colours
Supplied new by Reg Vardy in June 1995, this imposing Bentley Continental R is finished in desirable Peacock Blue and sits upon a set of 17” five-spoke polished alloy wheels and presents beautifully. At launch in 1991, the Continental R was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive Bentley ever produced, and at launch, the most expensive production car costing £178,000 before any options (rising to £187,000 in 1995)
Under the large bonnet, we find the traditional 6.75-litre V8 engine with single Garrett turbo which produced, in standard R spec for the 1995 model year 365bhp and a whopping 678NM of torque driving the rear wheels via (an all new for the Continental) four-speed GM 4L80E gearbox engineered for supreme smoothness and comfort. The ‘box included a Sport mode that changed the mapping and stiffened the suspension too and was the first time Bentley had mounted the gear shift in the centre console rather than as a traditional column shift.
Inside this elegant four-seat coupe, we find acres of fine grey leather piped dark grey and walnut trim, with electric heated memory front seats, blue dash top roll, electric windows and mirrors, additional door handles for rear passengers, flip-out radio/in-car entertainment with CD changer under the phone cradle in the centre armrest, climate control with AC and other goodies.
The car shows 116,568 miles which is backed up by a substantial history file which includes the V5C revealing 10 former keepers to the current, our vendor who has enjoyed the car over the last eight years covering around 5,500 miles in this time as part of a private collection of similarly superior motor cars. When not in use, the car is tucked up in a temperature controlled garage and has been maintained by a Bristol based specialist when necessary.
In addition, the history file includes the owner’s manual and service book with 24 stamps, the last in 2013. Furthermore, the box file includes an array of both recent and historic invoices for routine maintenance and other repairs plus 20+ old MOTs, original advertisement from when our vendor bought the car with 111,000 miles on in 2014 and period road test info on the model.
Invoices of note include an £882 spend on a full front brake strip down and replacement and hand brake pad replacement in October 2014 upon purchase, a repair to the seat wiring in November 2014, replacement front road springs and upper lever bushes in December 2014, new alternator belt in August 2019, lube service in July 2020 with AC re-gas, a £1,300 spend on new alarm ECU and fob with remote central locking kit with two new boot struts in December 2020 and new battery in November 2020.
The current MOT is valid until August 2022 and records just three advisories for tyres perishing. Ready to be enjoyed, and wafted 95 miles to the sale, these super Coupes are rare, well built, powerful and from an era of ‘proper’ Bentleys with just 1,236 standard R coupes being built during the production span - we think you should jump at the chance to own it.
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