Bentley continental


  1. Martin Bennett, John Blatchley Bentley Continental: Corniche & Azure 1951-2002. Martin Bennett, 2010
  2. Classic Cars, May 2010, page 114
  3. Motorist´s Compendium and Driver´s Almanack, Dec 1959

Bentley timeline, 1920s–present

Type 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Ownership Bentley Motors Limited(1919–1931) Rolls-RoyceBentley Motors (1931) Limited(1931–1980) Vickers plcRolls-RoyceBentley Motors (1931) Limited(1980–1998) Volkswagen Group(1998–)
Coachbuilder’sopen2/4 seater 3 L 4½ L6½ LSpeed Six
Coachbuilder’slarge salooncoupé orconvertible 6½ LSpeed Six8 L 4L3½ 4¼LMark V Mark VI R S1S2S3 T
Cont Continental S1Continental S2Continental S3
Cars with Bentley own-factory coachwork
Largesaloon Mark VI R S1S2S3 T1 T2 Mulsanne Brooklands Arnage Mulsanne
Turbo R
Coupé Corniche Continental R/S/T Br.
Convertible Corniche Continental Azure
Bentleys on the Volkswagen platform
Largesaloon ContinentalFlying Spur
Coupé Continental GT
Convertible Continental GTC
SUV Bentayga
  • Walter Owen Bentley (founder)
  • A marque of the Volkswagen Group
  • Bentley Boys

Bentley automobile timeline, 1980–2003 — next »

Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3
Ownership Vickers Volkswagen Group
Saloon Eight
Mulsanne Mulsanne S Brooklands Arnage Arnage RL/R
Mulsanne Turbo Turbo R Turbo RT Arnage Red Label Arnage T
Coupé Continental R
Continental S Continental T
Convertible Corniche Continental Azure
Color code Silver Shadow-based Mulsanne-based Arnage-based
  • Walter Owen Bentley (founder)
  • A marque of the Volkswagen Group
  • Bentley Boys

« previous — Bentley, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, automobile timeline, 1998–present

Type 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ownership Volkswagen Group
Saloon Arnage Continental Flying Spur Flying Spur
Red Label Arnage R/T Mulsanne
Arnage RL
Coupé Continental R Continental GT
Continental T Brooklands Coupé
Convertible Continental GTC
Azure Azure
SUV Bentayga
Color code
  •  Old Mulsanne-based
  •  Arnage-based
  •  Continental GT-based
  •  New Mulsanne-based
  •  MLB-based
  •  MSB-based
  • Walter Owen Bentley (founder)
  • A marque of the Volkswagen Group
  • Bentley Boys
  • Bentley Speed 8

Under new ownership

Bentley Continental

2013 Bentley Continental GT (II)

Manufacturer Bentley Motors
Production 2003–present
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé2-door convertible
Layout FR layout

2003 to date

Three versions of the Continental have been sold following Vickers’ sale of Bentley to Volkswagen:

  • 2003– Bentley Continental GT
  • 2006–2018 Bentley Continental GTC
  • 2005–2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Next generation

The next-generation Bentley Continental is scheduled for 2018, and it will include a plug-in hybrid variant. Bentley will borrow the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Components for Bentley Continental will be sourced from Volkswagen’s plants in Germany and Slovakia, with stampings from Volkswagen’s factory in Bratislava. Porsche’s plant in Leipzig will be responsible for assembling bodies-in-white, along Porsche’s Panamera. Bentley’s factory in Crewe will carry out final assembly.

2005 GT

From 1952 to 1965

The ‘Embiricos’ Bentley by Portout of Paris 1938, a prototype Bentley Continental

Grand Touring Cars. Following the break brought about by the Second World War Bentley resumed production of civilian automobiles relocating its plant from Derby to Crewe. There, Bentley engineers produced for three years, from June 1952 to April 1955. These cars were derivatives of the Standard Steel R-Type, the second series in Bentley’s postwar luxury lineup.[citation needed]

The R-Type Continental’s chassis was specially built incorporating special components, including a high performance engine, and fitted with a very special light weight bodies designed and built under the close supervision of Rolls-Royce. One of the world’s most expensive automobiles, only about 208 R-Type Continentals were built in total.

After the R-Type Continental the Continental S1 (1955–1959), S2 (1959–1962), and S3 (1962–1965) were delivered beginning in March 1955. The first was well received and 49 were built. The S2 delivered from July 1959, debuted with a new L Series V-8 engine,[citation needed]. It also incorporated previously optional amenities, air conditioning and power-steering. The S3, delivered from September 1962, was distinguishable principally by having four headlamps instead of two in the front wings.

In 2015 a 1952 R Type Continental, in unrestored condition, sold for over $1 million USD.

The second generation of the Continental ended with deliveries in November 1965 after the September 1965 introduction of the unitary construction T Series. The Continental nameplate would not be revived until 1984.

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