19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 58

1996 Bentley Continental R
56,000 miles from new

Sold for £34,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: K500 KXO
Chassis No: SCBZB15C8TCH53164
MOT: September 2023

  • A decidedly well cared for example with a reassuring service history
  • Supplied new to a billionaire fashion mogul turned property magnate
  • Beautifully presented inside and out
  • Just three former keepers

Though launched at the 1991 Geneva Motorshow, many elements of the John Heffernan/Ken Greenley-penned Continental R had been seen at the same Salon back in 1984, when Bentley unveiled their ‘Project 90’ concept. The Continental tag was intended to recall memories of the elegant Bentley Continentals of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The new model was based on the Turbo R floorpan and powered by the same 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 engine, (complete with alloy cylinder heads, Bosch K Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition system), that was believed to produce in the region of 325bhp, though the company never quoted power figures in those days. Whatever, it was sufficient to allow a top speed of 145mph and 0-60mph time of 6.6 seconds. The engine drove through a four-speed GM 4L80-E automatic gearbox. The striking two-door body featured more curvature than other Rolls-Royce and Bentley Saloons of the time. Unlike all others since the S3 of 1965, its body was unique to the marque. The Continental R was produced from 1991 to 2003, during which time just 1,290 examples were made.

Supplied new via Mead of Burnham to a billionaire fashion mogul turned property magnate at a cost of £188,755.67 on 20th May 1996, this particular example was finished in the decidedly handsome combination of Silica Metallic with Sandstone leather upholstery. Retained by its first owner for a decade, accompanying paperwork indicates that he had it main dealer serviced or fettled at: 889, 4,251, 8,515, 11,830, 14,676, 20,662, 23,595, 27,514, 30,252, 30,562, 33,412, 36,091, 37,153, 38,761, 38,966, 40,490, 40,949, 41,662, 43,199 and 45,087 miles. Changing hands twice thereafter before entering the current (fourth) custodianship in 2019, the Bentley remains highly presentable. Entrusted to M.B. Jarvie Ltd less than 1,000 miles ago the associated bill totalled £1,308.25. Among the nicest Continental Rs we have had the pleasure of offering, ‘K500 KXO’ is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, history file and fresh MOT certificate.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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