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Lot 12

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1987 Bentley Continental Convertible

Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward

SOLD $100,800

Estimate

$120,000 - $140,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

SCBZD42A7HCX16755

Car Highlights

Mechanical and Cosmetic Restoration by Marque Specialists
Itemized Restoration Invoices Total $117,000
As-Delivered Colors of Brewster Green with Tan Interior and Top
Just 24,740 Miles at Time of Cataloguing
One of Only 430 Built

Technical Specs

240 BHP
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Telescopic Dampers
Rear Independent Suspension with Coil Springs, Semi-Trailing Arms, and Anti-Roll Bar
Register to Bid

By the early 1980s, the legendary Bentley marque was at risk of extinction, while its fraternal twin, the Rolls-Royce, was in great demand. In an effort to save the marque and bolster sales, Bentley Motors resurrected the Continental moniker in 1984: a modern, well-appointed automobile designed to carry four people and their luggage in sporting comfort, at speeds reaching 126 mph.

In about 2006, the Continental offered here underwent a substantial mechanical and cosmetic restoration. An itemized invoice from Vantage Motors in Stamford, Connecticut, details the intensive work to return the car to its original splendor. Along with a show-quality, bare-metal repaint in its original Brewster Green, it also received a new, correct interior. Supple Connolly tan leather upholstery and trim, deep fawn wool carpets with lambswool overlays, restored burled-walnut woodwork, and a new power-operated Everflex top lined in beige wool complete the cosmetic effort. Electrical, hydraulic suspension, and braking systems were addressed as well.

This truly exceptional Bentley Continental emerged from restoration in early 2007, sparkling inside and out. It stands today as one of the only restored examples of the 430 Continental Convertibles built in this series, and is worthy to be included among any collection of Bentley cars – a hallowed marque currently celebrating the 101st anniversary of its founding.