Lot 25 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £45,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: K665MCL
Chassis No: SCBZB03A7PCH42531
MOT: August 2020
Sold new for £146,000 according to its sale invoice, K665 MCL features Emerald Green special-order paint and is trimmed with Parchment leather. Ordered new by Rolex and painted to match their boxes, the car now registers c.29,000 warranted miles. Offered with build sheets and book pack, we are advised c.£3,900 has just been spent on service work whilst the lavish specification includes an up to date satellite navigation system and a £3,000 television to the rear.
Though launched at the Geneva Motor Show of 1991, many elements of the John Heffernan/Ken Greenley-penned Continental R had been seen there as far back as 1984, when Bentley unveiled their `Project 90' concept car; the enthusiastic reception leading them to develop it for production. The new car was based on the Turbo R floorpan and powered by its 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 engine, that was believed (the Rolls-Royce/Bentley company of the day never quoted horsepower figures) to produce in the region of 324bhp - sufficient to give a top speed of some 145mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of around 6.6 seconds.