1994 Bentley Continental CabrioletSOLD

One of the last to have been built, under 8,000 miles from new and formerly the Property of Sir Elton John

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Estimate 90,000 - 120,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 141,000 Euros

Engine: V8, two pushrod operated overhead valves per cylinder, MK Motronic electronic fuel injection, 6,750cc; Gearbox: four speed automatic; Suspension: independent front with coil springs and anti-roll bar and independent rear with coil springs and automatic levelling; Brakes: four wheel discs with ABS. Right hand drive.

Model history

At the time of their introduction, many felt an opportunity was missed by the company to differentiate between the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Corniche models and continue the Bentley as the latest in the Continental line, after all the sheer beauty of the design was a fitting replacement for the S3 Continentals.

This balance was finally redressed eighteen years later, as a renewed enthusiasm in the company for the Bentley marque grew in the early 1980s. The re-developing of the brand came first when a new name, the Mulsanne was given to the Bentley equivalent of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. Next the most major step was a turbo-charged version of the Mulsanne. Then as the company developed a clear difference between the models, in 1984 a more modestly priced Bentley, the Eight became available, and alongside it the third distinction was the unveiling of a new Bentley Continental. A Corniche for the mid-1980s, the new Continental featured matching body colour bumpers, external mirrors and radiator grille slats, the interior had also been modernised with a revised dash fascia incorporating individual Continental type gauges, and comfort was improved with new front seats which had an adjustable lumbar support.

The model was revised in line with the corresponding updates to the Turbo R, Silver Spur and Spirit models, gained alloy wheels amongst other improvements in 1986. Finally in 1992 the third revision brought automatic ride control, and a new hood with heated glass rear window, which itself was improved for 1994.

Throughout production, the Continental and its counterpart the Corniche were constructed by the company coachbuilders, Mulliner Park Ward, in the London works at Hythe Road. As the recession of the early 1990s hit the company, the complicated process of coachbuilding that they adhered to was no longer commercially viable. After 55 years at the Hythe Road site, Rolls-Royce withdrew and this was closed in 1994. The coachbuilding arm of the business now moved to the Crewe works.

Specific history of this car

This is one of those last Continentals built, a 1995 specification car, being manufactured at the main Crewe works in 1994, and purchased new by Sir Elton John in October that year. It was intended as a replacement for his earlier 1975 Corniche.

Throughout its time with Elton John, as with all of his cars it was regularly serviced and maintained at the hands of Weybridge Automobiles, while its use was often in the South of France - where else should one use a Continental?

The car was offered as the final lot in Christie's June 2001 sale of Sir Elton John's collection, when it was sold to the present owner. At the time of acquisition the car had covered just 6,213 miles from new, and since then it has risen by only 1,500 miles.

This definitive Continental combines the classic styling lines with the modern mechanics, and is quite simply the last word in modern luxury touring cars.

Reference Number 6942

as of 2/1/2007

Overview
Car 1994 Bentley Continental Cabriolet
VIN SCBZD02C6 SCH 50092 
Exterior / Interior Color      Light Blue /      Magnolia 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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