Bentley Continental S

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The Bentley Continental R coupe, which is considered a latter day successor to the previous iconic R type Bentley Continental of the early 50’s was originally launched at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show. Such was the perceived beauty and significance of this dedicated new style Bentley, that on unveiling to the strains of Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, the new car was greeted by an unprecedented round of spontaneous applause from the worlds motoring press.

Like the earlier Continental the later variant has efficient and beautiful coachwork shaped as a result of wind tunnel work (at MIRA). Combined with Heffernan and Greenley’s superb contemporary styling the Continental coupe has resulted in a car of tremendous presence, which is already thought to be one of the great classics of automotive legend.

The Continental is a true traditional and yet modern Grand Tourer, capable of maintaining high average speeds while cocooning four occupants and their luggage in quiet comfort. 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.

Our car, a Continental S was built as a higher performance variant in a limited series from 1994 to 1995, and is number 30 of only 39 made (21 in right hand drive). The ‘S’ is fitted with a Cosworth built turbocharged and intercooled engine, controlled by an 'S' spec Zytek Formula One type engine management system, so providing greater efficiency, power and almost instant throttle response. In this guise producing 402 bhp and 617 lbft of torque, which could certainly be described as ‘adequate’. Other 'S' features include a special transmission with a 'sport' selection mode, which holds the gears for longer, changes up at a higher RPM and automatically stiffens the suspension for improved and sharper handling as well as the extra acceleration provided by the drivetrain sport mode. A special 'S' spec viscous limited slip differential is also fitted to aid rear grip during spirited driving. The Continental S, as well as being the rarest of the series, is the best compromise between discretion, performance, comfort, interior space and value of the 'R', 'S', 'T' range.

This Continental S, with its beautifully-appointed Connelly hide, polished veneers and Wilton carpet interior, lambswool over-rugs, its supremely capable 'S' spec 6.75 litre V8 engine and its sophisticated suspension, riding on Continental 'T' style 18 inch diameter wheels with special 255-50 Pirelli P-Zero tyres, with an excellent compromise between ride and handling, has the quality of long-striding power that distinguished its predecessors. From the outside, the stunning quality laser-cut stainless steel matrix grille, gleaming chrome radiator shell with flying B mascot, and special large single exhaust, hints at the marque's lineage, giving the motor car's lines a purposeful edge. Inside, sports seats provide the support and comfort for spirited long-distance driving, while the detail refinements, inside and out, such as a full hide headlining, factory fitted remote control premium audio system with CD changer, factory fitted integrated Nokia phone, and special pivacy glass, increase still further the pleasures of driving this rare and beautiful sporting motor car. Stored in heated and dehumdified conditions, with 81,700 recorded miles, a full Bentley service history including factory build sheets, a tracker security system and fastidious personal long term ownership all give peace of mind that the outstanding quality is maintained as it should be. A veritable sheep in wolves clothing, this magnificent Bentley is equally at home wafting along in fine style to posh events or pressing on at an exhilarating pace that a big heavy car has no right to do.

Without doubt a grand tourer par excellence, and considering that the production of a very small number of Continentals has now finished, to make way for the VW influenced Continental GT, this car is one of the last of the line of the exclusive hand built "Crewe Missile".

This Continental S in particular, with the lowest production run of only 39 cars in total between 1994-95 is the rarest and most collectible of the series, and will undoubably be a prized asset of any collection in the future.

http://www.rrsilverspirit.com/models/1995ContinentalS.htm

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Ferrari 456 GT

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A true Grand Tourer.

Ask anyone under thirty what defines the ultimate Ferrari, and a mid-mounted engine would probably appear on the wish-list. More traditional enthusiasts, however, often feel that a "true" Ferrari should be a front-engined, rear-wheel drive machine - powered, of course, by a magnificent V12, with a manual gearbox operated through a chrome open gate.

When it was introduced in 1992, the 456 GT was hailed as the most beautiful Ferrari for a generation, its Pininfarina lines hinting at the earlier Daytona model. The new 456 GT was the first of the modern Ferraris to follow this classical format.

The aim was to offer a 2+2 model which gave the expected Ferrari performance, combined with saloon-class comfort and space. With the engine up front, but set low and well back, and the gearbox in unit with the rear differential, the traditional layout of the 456 GT offered excellent weight distribution, and enough room for a civilised, four-seater coupe. Easy access, 110L fuel tank with approx 650 Km range, powerful airconditioning, a premium audio system with a 10 CD changer, and for the first time for Ferrari, Mercedes like dependability reinforced the car's aspirations as a gentleman's Grand Tourer.

A quick look at the chassis and suspension helps to explain why the 456 GT is renowned for its fine handling. First, there's that extremely strong, tubular steel, spaceframe chassis. But the car is given even greater structural rigidity by welding the aluminium body directly to the steel chassis, using a foil chemically treated with "Feran". The Feran allows the aluminium body panels to bond with the steel.

The tubular chassis provides a good platform for the 456's all-round unequal-length wishbone suspension. The front suspension features anti-dive geometry and low-friction shock absorbers to give both steering precision and greater comfort on rough roads.

The shock absorbers incorporate sophisticated damper software for optimum wheel control under compression and rebound. Ferrari tells us that: "The three-position (Sport, Normal or Soft), electronically-controlled damping is coupled to the ASR traction control and four-channel ABS with EBD, controlling the car's stability." Unlike many modern cars, the technology is inperceptable to the driver, and does not intrude on an enthusiastic driving style.

Inside the car, the occupants are comfortably ensconced in Connolly leather, while the front seats can be electronically adjusted in several directions, and readily slide forward to give easy access for rear passengers.

The 456 GT's sophisticated light alloy dry sump V12 uses the same 65° bank angle as Ferrari's 1989 Formula 1 car. The road car's engine, however, is a smooth and extremely flexible 5,474cc unit - the "456" model name deriving from the displacement, in cubic centimetres, of each cylinder.

The engine's four valves per cylinder, and twin overhead cams, enable the 456 GT to produce an unstressed and reliable 442 bhp at 6,250 rpm, with torque showing an impressive 406 lb ft at just 4,500rpm. A top speed of over 300 kph and 5.2 secs to 100 kph made the 456 GT the worlds fastest production four seater, and Ferrari's top of the range car, at a cost of £153,001 at the time. (The original sales invoice is in the comprehensive history file)

Like the earlier 'Daytona' the 456 GT is fitted with a rear mounted transaxle layout which produces an ideal 51-49% weight distribution, and provides excellent levels of performance. The standard six-speed manual gearbox has a precise change providing a degree of mechanical feedback that reminds you you’re driving something pretty special.

L3WDE is a fast and comfortable 'go anywhere' GT car, professionaly and properly maintained with only 95,500 Km (59,400 miles) on the clock. Fitted with a discreet parrot hands free phone and bluetooth audio system and an integrated/removeable TomTom Sat Nav to smooth the journeys. For security, a hidden RAC 'Trackstar' electronic GPS tracker is fitted, with transferable full European lifetime cover. Although registered in the UK, the car is in LHD European spec with loads of life left in it, perfect for big European trips. Which is exactly how the car has been used in my personal ownership, travelling between European Grand Prix's in the course of my work as a racing engineer.

With a total production run of only 1,548 456 GT's built between 1992-97, the 456 GT is becoming as desirable and collectable as earlier Ferrari's. Aficionados recognise the cars usability in comparison to now more expensive (& much poorer quality) slightly earlier Ferrari's. As more people catch on, prices will rise.


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