Now, we can all think of cars that we have sold and wish we hadn’t, because their value has skyrocketed, or cars that we didn’t buy when we should have, because they were once cheap but now they’re out of stock. reach. Well, I’m here with some good advice, and only you are to blame if you don’t take it. This is a car that I’m sure (although, of course, nothing in life is guaranteed) will end up being very expensive for years to come, so get on board now before it’s too late. I’m not even going to charge you a consulting fee (although donations are very welcome).
It’s the Bentley Continental R. Why is it destined for a price increase? Because it’s a low-volume, handcrafted, two-door Bentley that looks sensational. Although he was a kid from the 80s, there is nothing cheeky about this great Bentley, which is not something that can always be said for the most modern things. Those beautiful lines, written by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, are timeless and elegant. And here’s the thing: good-looking Bentley coupes tend to be valuable as they age.
Certain versions of the Continental R are already heading for the stratosphere, like the Continental SC. That’s not far from £ 200k these days, despite the fact that your T-bar roof is almost certainly leaking, and where that leads the rest is sure to follow. However, you can still pick up neat examples of the ‘common or garden’ Continental R for reasonable money (around £ 30,000), but I think it’s lurking in the range. The one that is rare and hasn’t been shot yet.
No, it’s not the short-wheelbase T. That’s a great thing, but examples are already expensive. It’s the middle house: the Continental R Mulliner. This was based on the standard-length R body, but had the flared arches of the T and, more importantly, its engine. So that’s 6.75 liters of an all-alloy pushrod V8 that makes 420 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Okay, those aren’t especially crazy numbers by today’s standards, I know, but at the turn of the millennium they were pretty daunting.
The difference here is that you didn’t have to rev the engine like a billy-o to get to any of them. I used to sell these so I know what I’m talking about, and I can’t recall a car with another engine that was so nonchalant about delivering its goods. Think of it this way: If a high-revving Ferrari V12 is anything like the stereotypical Italian (talented, exciting, but prone to histrionics), the venerable Crewe-built V8 is the British archetype; Algernon Moncrieff, so to speak, going through life seemingly without a care in the world.
I mean, what other engine can you think of that is idle at around 500rpm and has delivered a maximum power of around 4,000rpm? Plus, it had a pickup-sized Garrett turbo and yet torque so natural that even before it starts spinning, it’s not lacking in thrust. The term effortless has never been more appropriate. It is true that you will have to refuel and repair it, and the maintenance of the old Bentleys is not like the maintenance of most of the other classics. Parts can be great money to begin with, and you won’t find many if you look at your local engine factors. So you need someone to suit them, and Bentley-trained mechanics know their ability is rare and therefore worth paying for.
But don’t bail out yet. Think about what you are missing here if you do. Not only is it a wonderful car to look at, with a wonderful engine to enjoy, you also get that fabulous interior. Look at that soft, hand-sewn leather; look at that rich French polished woodwork; look at that center console with its stack of dials. It’s like a Lancaster bomber turned into a gentlemen’s club.
By the way, I seriously believe my hype: how can this not end up as an appreciable asset when only 131 were made? – but even if my predictions turn out to be unfounded, even if you spend a little time keeping it running smoothly, so what? You really haven’t lost, have you? You must have had a very special car and that is worth something. Stock options and Bitcoins, which can also go up or down, don’t forget, they don’t have that degree of duality. So go ahead and have fun.
SPECIFICATION | BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R MULLINER
Motor: 6.753cc, V8, turbocharged
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 420 to 4,200 rpm
Torque (lbft): 650 to 2400 rpm
CO2: N / A
MPG: N / A
Recorded mileage: 63,000
Registration year: 2002
New price: N / A
Yours for: £ 65,000