Car of 1991 Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

It’s un­likely that you would have seen many Con­ti­nen­tals fre­quent­ing IKEA car parks – not when the start­ing price was £178,000 – but it helped to dis­tin­guish Bent­ley as a car­maker that could of­fer more than re­badged (and tur­bocharged) Rolls-Royce sa­loons. The swoopy two-door shape, by John Hef­fer­man, Ken Green­ley and Gra­ham Hull, harked back to the R-type Con­ti­nen­tal of the 1950s, even if its me­chan­i­cals could be traced straight back to its R-R sib­lings. The R spawned sev­eral de­riv­a­tives, in­clud­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal T and the targa-roofed SC. It also sired 2000’s Rolls-Royce Cor­niche, the first time Rolls-Royce had been based on a Bent­ley, rather than the other way around.

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