Registration No: FJ56 PKD
Chassis No: SCBDC43HX6CH11686
MOT: April 2024
SALE ROOM NOTICE: We have recently acquired further information that this car has had one previous owner to the vendor - the previous owner transferred the car between private and business ownership resulting in the V5C displaying four previous keepers. The car is also supplied with two sets of keys.
The Bentley Azure was launched in 1995 and based on the platform of the Continental R coupé which had been launched in 1991. Volkswagen purchased Bentley from Vickers in 1998, three years into production of the MkI model. Volkswagen executives decided to keep the then current Azure in production until 2003. Production of the new Azure began for the 2006 model year. Now based on the Arnage platform, power came from the then current variant of the Bentley turbocharged V8 making 450hp and 645lbft of torque. The new Arnage was designed for the BMW 4.4-litre engine. However, due to strained relationships between the two manufacturers, Volkswagen was forced to significantly re-work the original 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce/Bentley V8 engine in 2001, including a switch from the old single-turbo system to a modern twin-turbocharger set-up, reducing turbo-lag and increasing horsepower output. A new, model-specific six-speed automatic transmission fed power to the rear wheels. Bentley claimed a 0 to 60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 168mph, slightly faster than the previous edition and still very good for a vehicle of this size and weight.
This stunning Bentley Azure was first registered on the 18th October 2006 with the registration ‘FJ56 PKD’. We are of the understanding that the car has covered a mere 38,380 miles from new, which is supported by the MOT and service history on file with the car. The original service stamp book appears to have been lost as the car spent a very brief spell in the United States from what we can see (which must have been less than 15 months as the mileage stated on the receipts for hood motor repairs at Bentley Las Vegas and Beverley Hills is in-between two UK MOTs for January 2014 and May 2015. There is an original owner's handbook and service documentation since that period, also on file. We can see that there are Bentley main dealer services in the UK at 26,771 miles, 30,426 miles and 34,164 miles, with a further more recent service with an unstated mileage at GT Services of Cheshire.
Upon inspection, this very pleasant looking Azure presented very well indeed in the striking Silver Lake Blue Metallic paint colour - one that we feel suits the car very well and would look equally at home parked along the Kings Road or perhaps dashing along the French Riviera. The car appears to be in extremely good order cosmetically which is in keeping with the low mileage and the vendor's meticulous attention to detail (which according to him includes never driving the car at the slightest hint of damp!) The cream leather interior compliments the paintwork very well and again is in good overall condition, with the only the odd blemish on the driver's seat which could benefit from some attention - although this is minimal given that it is a 17 year old car. The vendor states that the car is 'fantastic' to drive and that everything appears to work as intended with 'effortless running' from the 6.75 Litre Twin Turbo power unit and 'near unnoticeable' gear changes from the automatic transmission.
A truly versatile and thoroughly good-looking Bentley, the second generation Azure is a true standard-bearer of the best qualities of modern-day luxury motoring from one of Britain's all-time great motoring brands.
PLEASE NOTE: The Registration Number "S11 PRE" is not included with the sale.
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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023
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