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1997 Bentley Continental

Story and History

1997 Bentley Continental T dealer limited edition - 26.000 miles only

Here we have another of these punchy top of the range Bentley Coupe's

Produced in the traditional Bentley manner, offering huge performance, within the most comfortable of surroundings

When first introduced in 1997 Bentley claimed 174mph as the top speed (a special 16/43 axle ratio helped here) and we have seen them at well over 150mph, with bags left to come

Acceleration is equally impressive with 60mph coming up in a shade over 5 seconds, at which point she is just getting into her stride and performance continues without abating

Special features new to the 'T' included special wide 5 spoke alloy wheels, with tyres developed by Pirelli specially for the model (285/45 x R18), extended wheel arches to accommodate the new huge wheels, up rated brake discs (340mm) & calipers, revised front and rear bumpers and spoilers, revised side sills, single large exhaust and a wheel base shortened by 4 inches to increase the sharpness of the handling for this extremely fast motor car

Trim levels inside were similarly updated with a starter button to the centre console, machine turned aluminium fascia and door trim, mahogany veneer to the centre console, special seat panel design, turbo boost gauge, revised rear seats to accommodate the reduced wheel base, level of performance and on top of the example has been maintained

Our extremely low mileage Continental T was produced as a special Dealer Limited Edition for the Bentley dealership in Cheshire, Ron Stratton of Wilmslow

Ron knew his Bentley motors and specified an extremely individual level of trim for his dealerships own Edition - special order silver dollar paint, colour coded cheetah panels, contrat stitching to the top roll, centre console and top roll, silverstone & slate hide to seating panels, twin exhaust pipes, full engine turned centre console in lieu of mahogany veneer, drilled pedals, stainless polished gear lever, sports button moved to knee roll fascia panel, hide door waistrails, brightware stainless headlamp surrounds, tri-band aerial, thicker diameter steering wheel surround - there was also a bespoke luggage set provided which has been snaffled by a previous owner

So we have a magnificent specification, and a really low mileage and te nice thing now is that the car has been mainly looked after by our friends at P & A Wood throughout it's life subsequent to delivery

There are many, many invoices on file which is always nice to see and they attest to the lovely condition of the car over all

Interest in these bespoke top of the range Bentley's has risen over the last year or so, for when compared to the equivalent alternatives in period, Ferrari 550 and Aston Martin Vantage their comparative values are crazy

Get one now, whilst they are still within reach


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