1990 Bentley Continental
Behold! The epitome of luxurious driving in a convertible. The Bentley Continental is and remains the winner in its class. With only 421 examples constructed, this Bentley is a collector's piece for the enthusiast, who appreciates torquey power and comfort.
In the early 1980s, you could order a Corniche from Bentley. The name was then shared with the Rolls-Royce version. However, this changed in 1984. The brands' owners decided that the Bentley Corniche would be renamed the Bentley Continental.
Since 1980, Rolls-Royce & Bentley had been owned by Vickers. They saw that of all the cars sold from their portfolio, only 5% bore the Bentley badge. It was urgent that Bentley regained its image of before; 'The silent sports car'. Names of models were no longer shared with those of Rolls-Royce. Bentley needed to work on its own identity.
After a few years of investing in the Bentley brand, the sporty prestige recovered. It created a lot of new interest and the ratio of Bentley to Rolls-Royce sales tilted to 40:60 in 1986. By 1991, the ratio was even.
Bentley was back!
The Corniche-based Continental embodied the Bentley ethos of effortless performance in a reliable and comfortable package, and could easily take its four occupants to +210 km/h. The Continental name was previously used by the brand to designate the top-of-the-line versions of its models. A Continental version was a lighter, faster and more agile version built with an eye on fast travel in great comfort.
No wonder the respected Continental name would begin to form a cornerstone of Bentley's future since its reintroduction to Bentley in 1984.
This Continental was originally delivered in 1990 in France, making it a coveted European version. It opted for a classy combination of Acrylic White paintwork with a fine 'pinstripe' in Maroon Red. The beautiful burgundy colour is carried through to the Connolly leather interior and lambswool carpets inside.
The car was part of the renowned Bentley and Rolls Royce collection of the late collector Bob Lalemant. Mr Lalemant was a port patron from Ghent and was a huge car enthusiast. The striking and particularly beautiful silver figurine of horse with jockey on the dashboard was placed by him. This as a nod to his love for equestrian sports. The little jockey is wearing an outfit in the colours of the racing stable that Bob Lalemant owned.
Always neatly and correctly maintained, as evidenced by the service history, this car is a very handsome specimen to drive. Stop by and be seduced by its imposing looks or get carried away by its performance and comfort during a test drive.
The silent sports car.
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