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1993 Bentley Continental

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1993 Bentley Continental R - 26.500 miles only, LHD

To us these early versions, of the truly iconic, Continental R are the purest of the lot

The simplicity of the Heffernan & Greenley design belies the complexity of their creation for they make such a huge car look most elegant and rather smaller than it really is

The delicately extended wheel arches and treatment of the rear wing to boot line is incredible and such a feat has yet to be repeated as successfully

More over, finding early versions of the Continental R, with low mileage and in completely original condition, is a real delight

These pure first series cars were soon upgraded by the factory and so were only in production for a year before 17" wheels, plastic covers to the engine and various other changes were introduced

More over many owners, who had paid nigh on £200.000 in 1993, wished for their less than 1 year old car to not appear to be out of date so quickly and hence very many owners immediately fitted the larger wheels and tyres of the latest model, the most obvious external visual upgrade - hence unmolested and original specification cars, such as ours, are few and far between

Beautiful in diamond blue silver with magnolia leather this this Continental R was one of the early production cars having been finished in February 1993 from where she was delivered to the US of A and registered in August 1993 to an eminent middle eastern lady at her residence in Indian Wells, California

This elegant Lady kept her Bentley for just a year in the US before coming back to the UK - naturally she brought her Bentley with her and she was UK registered for the first time in August 1994

From there she has kept her Bentley in London, the South of France and also in Monaco too - truly a Lady of style, we have no doubt, and with a car to match

Jack Barclay cared for the Bentley together with the official Bentley dealers in Monaco, Cannes, Pulborough and also Global Garage in Cap-D'Ail

Presented in truly immaculate condition, just as you would imagine with an affluent owner where money seems to be of no object, she retains her original and truly lustrous walnut veneers, immaculate panel and paint work with interior leathers which have never had the need for re-colouration - almost unique for an interior of this period

On the road she drives absolutely perfectly - in fact the way she behaves on the road is reminiscent of when new, which is quite remarkable and validates the care bestowed upon her

Naturally she retains her original book pack, American registration card, French certificate d'Immatriculation and UK registration document, together with her small and large tools too

Our new friend, the elegant Lady owner, kept her all through until 2012, again a most unusual term of ownership - she obviously cherished this motor, and since has had a single Gentleman owner, a man with a large collection of high quality motor cars here in Central London

He has only added a couple of thousand miles in his term of ownership and now with just 26.500 miles showing she is, well, just about run in

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