1991 Bentley Continental R

1991 Bentley Continental R

1991 Bentley Continental R

The Bentleys of the past are far removed, technologically, from their successors. But from the marque’s earliest days, Bentleys had that rare capacity to go the distance. On the rough, dusty roads of their time, they had the reserves of power both to outpace and to outlast their rivals.

Today’s Continental R, with its beautifully-appointed interior, its supremely capable 553 lb. ft., 385 bhp V8 engine and its sophisticated computer-aided reaction to the driver’s inputs, has the quality of long-striding power that distinguished its predecessors. From the outside, the laser-cut stainless steel matrix grille hints at the marque’s lineage, giving the motor car’s lines a purposeful edge. Inside, sports seats, unique to the Continental R, provide the support and comfort for spirited long-distance driving while the sculpted dual-tone leather steering wheel is another of the cockpit’s many tactile pleasures.

The Continental R is a true Grand Tourer, capable of maintaining high average speeds while cocooning four occupants and their luggage in quiet comfort for hundreds of miles at a time. It is a car that rewards and exhilarates the driver without unnecessary physical effort: responsive and finely controlled in traffic, unmatched and magnificent on the open road. A thoroughbred deserving of its green Bentley badge, and a grand tourer to go the distance.

A magnificent blend of elegance and muscularity in the lines on the Continental R, set off by the laser-cut matrix grille and cut-through bumpers.

The dual-colour steering wheel now features a larger diameter rim and sculpted hand grips for improved ergonomics. The new Continental R sports seats with integral seat belts offer improved lateral support and are twin stitched in a curved flute style. The burr walnut veneer pictured here is just one of the many fine wood veneers that may be specified.

The motor car shown is simply one example of the many specifications available from the wide choice of colour combinations and finishes offered by Bentley Motors. The scope is extended even further through the engineers and craftsmen of Mulliner, who are able to undertake special commissions to design and specify a motor car for an individual’s driving characteristics and tastes.

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1991 – 2002
released at1991 Geneva Motor Show
built atEngland
body stylistJohn Heffernan, Ken Greenley
price $$ 279,900
engineRolls-Royce V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationGarrett Turbocharger
valvetrain2 Valves / Cyl
displacement6750 cc / 411.9 in³
bore104.1 mm / 4.09 in
stroke99.1 mm / 3.9 in
power287.1 kw / 385.0 bhp @ 4000 rpm
specific output57.04 bhp per litre
bhp/weight160.28 bhp per tonne
torque750.0 nm / 553.2 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresF 255/55R-17
rear tiresR 255/55R-17
front brakesVented Discs w/ ABS
rear brakesVented Discs w/ ABS
front wheelsF 43.2 x 19.1 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.1 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
curb weight2402 kg / 5296 lbs
wheelbase3016 mm / 118.7 in
front track1549 mm / 60.9 in
rear track1549 mm / 60.9 in
length5342 mm / 210.3 in
width2058 mm / 81.0 in
height1462 mm / 57.6 in
transmissionGM 4L80-E 4-Speed Auto
top speed~241.4 kph / 150.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~16.9 seconds
0 – 100 kph~6.3 seconds
drag0.465 Cd
urban fuel econ eu25.7 L/100 km or 9.15 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu13.0 L/100 km or 18.09 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu17.7 L/100 km or 13.29 mpg-us
fuel capacity108 litres or 28.51 gal.



Auction Sales History


1995 Bentley Continental R – sold for $40,000 325 HP 6.75L Garret turbocharged engine. 4-speed GM 4L80E automatic transmission. Ventilated disc front brakes, solid rear discs. Believed to be less than 57k original miles. Gorgeous Cream paintwork. Parchment and Tan interior hides.
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum


1991 Bentley Continental R Coupé Chassis – sold for €30,600

A pre-production example (no. 5), this left-hand drive Continental R was built to US specification and featured in the Geneva Motor Show brochures for the model at its launch in 1992 (brochure copies available). Circa 2000, the car was exported to Australia where the immediately preceding owner purchased it approximately seven years ago. Work carried out during his ownership included overhauling the steering and air conditioning (with a new compressor), fitting new brake pads and re-coring the radiator. While in his possession the Bentley was used for various rallies, touring Europe extensively in 2008 and visiting motoring events including the St Moritz British Classic Car Meet in July when it won a concours trophy.

A new front bumper had just been fitted (following a collision with a hare in Ireland) when the car was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams’ Sale at Kelmarsh Hall in June 2009 (Lot 234) by which time it had covered around 130,000 miles from new. Now UK registered and with duties paid, this historic pre-production Bentley prototype is described by the vendor as in generally good/excellent condition and offered with current MoT and Swansea V5C document.

Auction Source: 2011 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams